Tim McFarlane @ Bridgette Mayer Gallery

Pink Mirror, 2013, acrylic on panel, 36 x 36 in.


Tim McFarlane : Presence
Opening: September 6,  6:00 - 8:30 PM
September 5 - October 5, 2013
Bridgette Mayer Gallery
709 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


From the press release:

McFarlane’s new and recent paintings consist of repeated, hard-edged linear gestures used to form labyrinthine threads of color in successive layers, leading to an image that is the result of repeated accretion and deletion of marks. Whereas his earlier works featured curvilinear strokes of colors that appeared to escape the boundaries of their surface, the new paintings have a more architectural rigidity and more vigorous energy in their gestures.
As a starting point for these paintings, McFarlane examines commonplace themes such as his physical and sensory relationship with his immediate environmental surroundings, with other people, and with himself. While building up layers through painting, scraping, sanding, and repainting, additional influences include graphic design, pattern systems, and musical rhythm.

Comments

It is wonderful to read about this artist, and to see how he builds up his paintings. As an artist, it is invaluable to read about the working 'processes' and ideas of other artists, and to see their paintings. Here in the UK, a certain 'band' of art seems to get showcased (though that is starting to change, with new galleries appearing), and I love to see work that really surprises me, and work that is challenging.