Stop Look Listen

February 7th- March 14th, 2009.
Opening reception February 7th, 6 to 9 pm.

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present STOP LOOK LISTEN: New Works by Lyle Carbajal, Sharon Lee Hart and Jason Lascu. Nashville Scene Critics' Pick Feb. 4th 2009

STOP LOOK LISTEN will showcase the works of three unique young artists new to Tinney Contemporary’s gallery portfolio. Gallery Curator John Reed has brought these artists together for the first time in a compelling exhibit exploring human reaction and awareness, observing the basic notion of recognition and how it comes about, how it leads to communication and perhaps comprehension. Reed comments; “ each of these artists address fundamental patterns of human communication, of interaction and of sought after understanding.  Some create moments of alarm, caution, and defense.  Each compels a unique dialogue with the viewer through beauty and form.”

Lyle Carbajal uses his paintings to explore the unintentional. Through the use of color, bold line and image placement Carbajal hopes to capture the naiveté’ of daily life. Citing references to childhood imagery such as comics, monsters and machines Carbajal juxtaposes the innocent associations of youth with the complicated path of maturation.

Sharon Lee Hart effectively employs digital variations of photomontage in her body of work combining several different images to create a ghostly representation of the human condition.  Fragmented imagery placed against an ominously dark backdrop along with fragmented text and symbolically evocative objects speak to Harts’ questioning of male and female cultural identities.

Jason Lascu figurative sculptures convey a sense of human frustration with their surroundings.  Armless figures stand perplexed and hopeless when faced with the challenges created by the sculptor. The wax male figures are adorned with delicately crafted accessories giving way to contemplation and introspective thought.

Lyle Carbajal holds a degree in design yet is self-taught as a painter. He credits his Latin American background as a source for his pursuit of primitive expressions. His work has been exhibited in Atlanta, Chicago and Spain and can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Sharon Lee Hart holds a BFA in Photography from Maine College of Art and a MFA in photography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She currently is Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Watkins School of Art, Design & Film as well as at David Lipscomb University and was the recipient of the Carter Foundation Scholarship in 2008.

Jason Lascu holds a BFA from The College of Wooster, Wooster, OH as well as a MFA, Washington StateUniversity, Pullman, WA.  He is currently on staff as Ceramics and Sculpture Instructor at Holy Name School in Parma Ohio.