Invisible Audience

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New Work by Jason Craighead

March 16, 2019 – April 27 , 2019
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 6, 6-9 pm

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Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Invisible Audience, new work by Jason Craighead. This body of work is the first that Craighead has painted in his new Brooklyn studio. This is significant, as the recent transition from his long-time studio in Raleigh, NC, to this new studio in the robust, artistic community of Williamsburg led Craighead to think about where he would be doing his work from this point forward, and if the audience would change along with his altered physical location.

As a painter, Craighead asks who is it that we paint for each day? What “place” does it come from? What “place” does it eventually land? The simple answer for him is himself, but not in an artistically egotistical sense. The audience that drives his work each day is a mirror of sorts– a reflection of how he aligns himself to the world, moment by moment. He addresses what he gives power to, what he lets go of, what he sees in himself within, and far beyond the walls of his studio, just as each of us draws the pathway of our own lives by following in the simplest sense what we believe being human is really all about. The audience for an artist, then, is truly invisible as it is all things; it is the vastness of the human condition and all of its elements played out daily throughout generations of art and artists. Craighead believes his greatest artistic achievement would be for the viewer to be able to find his or her own reflection, or “invisible audience” within his work, whether it’s today or one hundred years from now. He addresses the powerful, timelessness of the thread of emotion that is shared by all of us.

Jason Craighead’s work is, at its core, a continuation of the artist’s exploration of the human condition, both personal and collective. Craighead’s work encompasses his recent experiences, preoccupations, and raw emotions. Our modern lives are entangled in a complicated world that is joyful, tragic, confusing, dark, wild, and brilliant. This is an experience to be shared; it is yours, mine, and ours.

Most everything starts on the studio floor to allow for what the artist refers to as “proper seasoning”, meaning while working on pieces that are on the wall, he is walking, dripping, spilling on the canvases and paper in the floor. Jason says this process, “allows for accident and mishap to become a natural collaborator” and, “is, in itself, evidence of process, of action…of me”. When a piece moves to the wall it is then shaped and formed with layers of drawing and painting until the pieces fall into a striking composition of gravity and space. The artist’s work echoes the well-known words of Edward Hopper, “If you could say it in words, there would be no reason to paint”. When prompted for significance and inspiration, Craighead is known to provide literary references, various lyrics from songs and snippets of poetry to communicate what feeds his creative process. The effect of his work envelopes the viewer, inciting emotional reaction and engagement with his narrative.

Represented by Cheryl Hazan Gallery in NYC and Tinney Contemporary in Nashville, TN, Craighead is developing a strong collector base, both nationally and internationally. Craighead recently had his first major solo museum exhibition at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh, NC in July 2018.

And In The Back Gallery

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Places To Be

New Work By Arden Bendler Browning

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present new work by Arden Bendler Browning in our back gallery, renamed the Tinney Concept gallery. Browning’s work explores connections and gaps between memory and presence, the impossibility of landscape as a singular idealized image, and the way that digital media effects perception. Whereas squares and rectangles can feel like layered snapshots, circles can feel like a video camera lens. You are in the space of the painting, without needing to gradually enter that illusion.   

The marks and imagery within these paintings are sometimes abstract and blurred, sometimes referential and sharp.  Environments fold into themselves and then flatten out toward a different realm or gesture.   While navigating the pathways throughout these paintings, one may become disoriented, righted, and keep moving.  Marks can recede far away and then crash up to the surface.  

Browning’s own wanderlust, leading her to varied, remote and far flung adventures, contrasted with the everyday reality of endless construction surrounding her home and studio in Philadelphia, have influenced the contrasts and distortions in this group of paintings.  Additionally, these paintings were created alongside Browning’s recent investigations of virtual reality painting. The excitement of being able to paint in virtual 3-D space (and its infinite boundaries) has heightened her desire to combine the imaginary with the familiar, and to push a sense of spatial immersion for the viewer.  

Philadelphia based artist Arden Bendler Browning creates large abstract paintings, small works on paper, and virtual reality (VR) environments referencing cities, landscape and multiple perspectives.   

Bendler Browning’s works are included in several public collections such as the West Collection, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, and PNC Tower, amongst others, and numerous private and corporate collections. Her work is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, Galleri Urbane in Dallas, and Tinney Contemporary in Nashville. She has presented 15 solo shows of her work in the last 15 years.  Her work has been included in art fairs such as at Art Miami, Aqua Art Miami, Art Silicon Valley, and Dallas Art Fair and has been featured in New American Paintings twice (2009 & 2013), The Studio Visit, Philadelphia Style Magazine, The Morning News, the artblog, polisblog, Philadelphia Inquirer, Atlanta Journal-Constutition, and Drawing Magazine, among others.  She has been featured in  exhibitions at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Weatherspoon Art Museum, James A. Michener Museum, Swarthmore College, Kutztown University, University of the Arts, West Chester University, Delaware Contemporary, Arlington Arts Center, and more. A commissioned permanent work for the City of Philadelphia at the Philadelphia International Airport, awarded through a rigorous competition and selection process, was installed in February 2017.   Bendler Browning holds a BFA in Art with honors from Carnegie Mellon University (1997), a Master of Studio Art with high distinctions from Sydney College of the Arts (2000), and an MFA in Painting from Tyler School of Art (2003).  She has lived and worked in Philadelphia since 2001.