Anodyne Frontiers

New Work by John Folsom
May 26 - June 30, 2012

Opening Reception: June 2nd, 6-9 pm

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Anodyne Frontiers, a new body of work by John Folsom. Comprised of mixed media painted photography presented on wood panels, Anodyne Frontiersfeatures landscape images taken mostly at Shaker Village near Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.  Also included in this exhibition are several, smaller pieces of Longleaf pine taken from the ongoing reforestation effort at Longleaf Plantation in Georgia.

Folsom's first encounter with Shaker Village was at a family reunion back in October 2011. Immediately struck by the severe symmetry of the dwellings, Folsom found that the austere nature of the architecture seemed to reflect back onto the landscape, which itself possessed a formalism usually reserved for manicured estates.  In thinking about the direction for this work, Folsom also discovered the word "Anodyne" and its relationship to the pharmacopeia of antiquated medicine. Though the word itself relates more specifically to any kind of analgesic that will numb pain, these days it is used more acutely to describe anything unlikely to cause offense or debate. 

Folsom became increasingly interested in that idea, relating it visually to the way images rendered in a more liminal palette can inhabit interior spaces almost imperceptibly.  Using large swaths of cool color that upon closer inspection reveal a frontier land slowly coming into focus, Folsom presents the structures and landscape of Shaker Village as a living museum, hovering on the edge of perception. Through the use of color and mixed media, Folsom's Anodyne Frontiers, exemplifies this fascinating "in-between" quality.

John Folsom (b. 1967) is a mixed media artist who was born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky.  He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema and Photography from Southern Illinois University.  Upon completing his degree, Folsom spent 10 years living and working in the city of Nashville. Folsom's photographic paintings have been widely exhibited over the past decade and can be found in many collections worldwide.  The artist currently lives outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

In the rear gallery:

New Works by Nicole Pietrantoni

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