New Work by Carol Mode
May 3-June 21, 2014
Opening Reception: May 3rd, 6-9 pm
Closing Reception: June 7th, 6-9 pm
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present CONTINUUM- New Work by Carol Mode. CONTINUUM is an exhibition that expresses what is foundational - as well as progressive - in Mode's artistic development. Starting with a desire to 'know what's happening' in contemporary terms, plus what's simultaneously going on in the 'art world, Mode finds her way through unpredictable passages of pure process. What results is far from twentieth-century abstraction, overly structured by design or else free from intention.
Art today is either shuffling through information or else highly performative- Mode's work responds to the indeterminate clashes between power and control. The images mostly shift from subtle to bold, in colors which the artist creates through endless experimentation. Eventually there appears a range of personal preferences along with expressive surfaces that seem to be reflections of Mode's life in the studio as tempered by deep concern for what lies beyond.
Looking back on her experience in Rome while a visiting artist at The American Academy, Mode's interest in scale relationships has grown. Since then she has been challenged by large-scale commissions, such as the 15-foot long piece installed in the Music City Center. For her exhibition at Tinney Contemporary Mode has combined paintings ranging from large square formats similar to Roman murals, to the smaller and more intimate treatments of singular surfaces, or style variations, for their own sake.
Carol Mode was born in St. Louis, Missouri and received her BFA degree in Painting at Washington University. Early in her career she worked at Cheekwood Museum of Art, and later taught at Belmont University. Mode has been the recipient of artist residencies at the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel (Switzerland), the Wurlitzer Foundation in New Mexico, and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. She was a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome.
Over the years Mode has presented her work abroad as well as in the USA. Mode's work been curated into numerous museum exhibitions including "The Fragile Species" at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, the "Brooks Perspectives" at Memphis' Brooks Museum, a solo exhibition at the Watertower Museum (Louisville), plus both the "Tennessee Abstract Painters" (Nashville) and "Today's Visual Language: Southern Abstraction: A Fresh Look" (Mobile). She has been curated into scores of exhibitions throughout the nation and abroad, along with over 20 solo shows. In addition, her work has twice been chosen for publication in the "New American Paintings", while being awarded and repeatedly exhibited by SECAC (Southeastern College Art Conference). Mode lives and works in Nashville, TN.