Transmissions: Tim McFarlane

Gallery 817

New solo exhibition of work by artist Tim McFarlane, featuring a selection of new paintings and works on paper from 2015-16. Curated by Fine Arts Assistant Professor Marcelino Stuhmer and Visiting Assistant Professor Charles Browning.

Philadelphia painter Tim McFarlane’s paintings are rich palimpsests that reveal and conceal layers of gesture, line, color and movement. The space, surface and material of the paintings are inseparable and intertwined. His paintings defy pure abstraction revealing a complex perceptual illusion of imaginary space formed directly with the paint during the painting process. A repetition of marks consistently creates, then challenges the next layer, thick vs. thin, loosely structured vs. meticulously constructed. The layering in McFarlane's work functions as a conceptual nexus point between cycles of memory, materiality and the textures of everyday experience. McFarlane writes, “The ‘Transmission’ paintings, several of which can be seen in this exhibition, are an extension of painting experiments done over a period of months after relocating my studio in August of 2015. In those works, I began combining gestural mark-making with areas of striped geometric color in order to create a sense of tension and contrast throughout the painting. The results, while satisfying, kept begging the question of ‘What If?’ What if I made paintings that were almost exclusively about the linear images, exploring larger themes related to the subversion of order and expectations? Chance is a major component of my work and the ‘Transmission’ paintings are no different. They are unplanned—no preliminary drawings—every move forward is a reaction to what was done previously. I make allowances for unplanned occurrences, paint leaking under tape, peeling up, i.e., ‘dirty geometry,’ lending an element of surprise and challenging the sense of clear order in these works.”

McFarlane has shown his work in solo and group exhibitions, both locally and nationally. He has exhibited at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, Philip Stein Gallery in St. Louis, Gray Contemporary in Houston, NIAD Art Center in Richmond, Calif., and Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, among others. He is represented locally by Bridgette Mayer Gallery.

Reception: September 7, 4 - 6 p.m.

Above: "Yellow Mirror," 2016.

Anderson Hall
333 S Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19147
United States

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