Sanctuary

New Work by Sharon Lee Hart
December 4, 2010 - January 1, 2011

The gallery will be closed for the holidays December 24th through January 3rd.  We will be open by appointment.  To make an appointment, email us

Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Sanctuary, a portrait exhibition by local artist, Sharon Lee Hart, featuring the amazing animal residents of farm animal sanctuaries.   The photographs in Sanctuary are the product of Hart's ongoing, long-term project-The Farm Animal Sanctuary Project-which began because of her love of farm animals and the knowledge that they are some of the most abused, overlooked animals on the planet.   To contradict the commonly held view of farm animals as purely utilitarian food and labor sources, Hart emphasizes the uniqueness of each animal by photographing them individually and titling each photograph with the animal's name.   Her poignant black and white portraits reveal the complex emotional lives these animals lead, showing some as quirky or funny, while showing others as shy, playful, intelligent, mischievous, or inquisitive. 

Hart chose to photograph at farm animal sanctuaries because the animals there have been removed from abusive situations and are now getting the best care possible.  All of the animal residents at the sanctuaries have amazing stories of survival, many of them having escaped from slaughterhouses and live meat markets, lived through live animal testing and cockfighting, or other unspeakable horrors.   In the safe comfort of the sanctuaries, the rescued animals are free to live out their lives without fear, which enables Hart to make a more accurate portrait.   Accordingly, Hart approaches photographing the animals with respect, and in the same way she would a person, working within the tradition of portraiture and documentary photography.   Hart's hope is that her photographs will ultimately encourage people to see with more compassionate eyes and view farm animals in a new light.

Sharon Lee Hart received her B.F.A. in Photography from the Maine College of Art and her M.F.A. in Photography from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.   She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards and has exhibited in solo and group shows across the U.S.   Hart currently lives and works in Nashville, where she is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art at Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film. 

*20% of proceeds from print sales will be donated to the sanctuaries.*

Impressions

New Work by Sidonie Villere
October 23rd - November 27th, 2010

Opening Reception: Nov. 6th, 6-9 pm

Impressions will feature mixed media paintings and ceramic sculpture by Sidonie Villere, a New Orleans-based artist whose works reflect her contemporary philosophies and non-traditional approaches. With this show, Villere continues to explore themes of the human condition and self-preservation.

Sidonie Villere has a BFA in Ceramics from The Newcomb School of Art at Tulane University and an MFA in Ceramics from The University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. As an artist her work has been exhibited across the United States and is in the permanent collection of several museums including The New Orleans Museum of Art and The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her work has also been acquired by Saks Fifth Avenue Department Stores in New York, Boston, Phoenix, San Francisco and Beverly Hills.

She has had solo exhibitions in Miami and New Orleans and been featured in numerous group exhibitions in Atlanta, Miami, New York and New Orleans. As a curator, she has organized national ceramic exhibitions in New Orleans and Portland, OR. Her large-scale works were recently featured in The P.1 Projects satellite exhibition at the Prospect.1 Biennial Welcome Center in 2008. Villere's work is also included in the publication, 500 Ceramic Sculptures: Contemporary Practice, Singular Work, by Glen Brown, 2009.

Goodbye Mrs. Beasley

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New Work by Carol Es
September 18 - October 16, 2010

Opening Reception: October 2nd, 6-9 PM

Tinney Contemprorary is pleased to present Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley, a solo exhibition of mixed media work by Los Angeles artist, Carol Es. 

Goodbye, Mrs. Beasley is a title appropriated from a 1971 Family Affair episode. Buffy, convinced she is too old for dolls, consigns her beloved Mrs. Beasley to the closet only to suffer profound separation pains.

It is a psychological metaphor that encompasses the artist's separation from her family in the mid 1970s, and finally her parents deaths in the last 2 years. While the content is filled with personal memory, it is also fueled with humor, reverie, whimsy, and the colorful use of oil paint on canvas mixed with paper and meticulous embroidery work. In addition to the canvases, the exhibit also includes paintings on panel and drawings on paper.

Es uses an amalgamation of characters from her family and her apparel industry background to evoke abstracted, childlike narratives that drip with color and tattered threads to tell personal, visual stories. The Paintings include sewn paper garment patterns surrounding cartooned family members in a funny, loving embrace that is both heartbreaking and wonderful to experience.

Carol Es is a self-taught Los Angeles artist born in 1968 who worked as a pattern cutter in the apparel industry with her family. Her work is driven by childhood trauma, family dysfunction, memory, and Jewish heritage. Her works are featured in numerous private and public collections, including the Getty Museum, Brooklyn Museum, UCLA Special Collections, the Jaffe Collection, and Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. She has exhibited at the Riverside Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Santa Monica Museum of Art, the Craft & Folk Art Museum, and Zimmer Children's Museum. She is also a two-time recipient of the ARC Grant from the Durfee Foundation and was recently awarded the prestigious Pollock-Krasner Fellowship.

Todd Alexander

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August 7th - September 4th
Closing Reception: September 4th, 6-9 PM

Through charcoal, oils and even spray paint, Todd Alexander is an artist who allows no boundaries for himself when creating his work.  For him, it's not about the finished product as much as the journey - it is truly the "adventure of invention."  His most recent productions evoke the state of balance towards which he strives, using a mixed media of photography and other elements to align reality with interpretation of dimension.  Layers of wax and paint allow for a new, sometimes unexpected, lens for the viewer to look through and more actively participate with the image.  Subjects take the viewer to different places and times, inviting curiosity and contemplation, while collectively delivering new levels of validation and self-awareness.

Powerful, captivating, introspective, and edgy, the works in Alexander's latest series, The Dance, evoke a wide range of emotions in the viewer, with imagery that represents the fear of judgement and the commitment that is required to overcome it.  By incorporating haunting photographs of puppets and seemingly headless female figures into his multi-layered, encaustic paintings, Alexander shows this commitment to be two-fold.  First, a person must make the commitment to choose their own path in life, regardless of what other people may think.  Second, a person must have enough faith in him or herself to continue on that life journey, boldly and without fear.  The puppets and figures in Alexander's work symbolize the commitment to faith by letting go of the reigns that hold them back and allowing themselves to be driven by freewill and desire.  Consequently, Alexander's new body of work will both shock and awe, confronting the audience with a concept that resonates visually, mentally, and emotionally.

Metaphysical Materiality

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New Work by: Pam Longobard, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Margery Amdur, Carol Prusa, and Peggy Cyphers
June 3rd - July 31st

Opening Reception: July 3rd, 6-9

In the face of alarming change in the natural world we call home, Metaphysical Materiality investigates Pam Longobardi, Patricia Bellan-Gillen, Margery Amdur, Carol Prusa and Peggy Cypher's visions of alternate possibilities in constructed worlds that echo the complex and multi-layered nature of our existence.  As artists, these women display the unique ability to visualize alternative and more positive outcomes for our relationship with nature, often mirroring urgent environmental and social problems, while visualizing a new mindset where Nature is alive and well, infinitely powerful and mysterious.

Pam Longobardi's new works reveal large, connected energy systems punctuated by the minutia of a microscopic lens.  Continuing her exploration in the problematic psychological relationship between humans and the natural world, Longobardi simultaneously suggests the interconnectedness of all beings and nature.  The vibrant color fields in her works suggest the immensity of our atmosphere.  Longobardi further emphasizes this vastness by filling her color fields with oversized silhouettes of microscopic life and plastic debris, providing a sharp contrast to her miniature silhouettes of humans.  A recurring image in this series is developed from a diagram of the internet.  Longobardi utilizes the genre of landscape painting to suggest mystical, invisible worlds that parallel our own, often depicting colonization and escape. 

In beautifully rendered works on paper and canvas, Patricia Bellan-Gillen depicts narrative collisions between animal behavior and human rituals.  Utilizing motifs such as the dunce cap, a floating inner tube, and a jack-o-lantern face as symbols of human foibles, and the singular creature or massing of vast numbers of fish, birds or flowers to speak of imminent natural disaster, Bellan-Gillen's works warn us of the disconnectedness of humans and nature.

Margery Amdur's mixed media works and installations often incorporate materials such as paint chips, pompoms and paint-by-number patterns intermingled with hand-cut frosted mylar suspended within layers of poured liquid resin that speak of the impossible separation of our cultured view and the natural world. Amdur 's elaborately layered works utilize ornament and pattern to reveal the constructed nature of the garden.

Carol Prusa inscribes delicate and mysterious systems in silverpoint on both flat surfaces and glowing domed forms.  The intricately detailed symmetrical repetitions of organic shapes suggest the hidden wondrous logic of nature. Fiber optic threads punctuate the domed forms, creating a celestial macro-sphere of the microscopic in fractal resonance.

Peggy Cypher's paintings survey vast spaces from an oblique aerial perspective.  The darkening forms that edge the paintings create a sensation of swooping in and flying low over landscapes at the twilight hour.  Hovering between abstraction and familiarity, these works utilize the stacked space of Asian perspective to visualize a realm of mind.

The Spring Collection

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New Works by Sisavanh Phouthavong and Jarrod Houghton
May 15- June 19, 2010
Opening Reception- Friday, May 21st 6-9 PM

The Spring Collection is a new collaborative body of work created by sculptor, Jarrod Houghton and painter, Sisavanh Phouthavong. It functions as a vehicle for the dissolution of the subtle veil that separates the sometimes, grotesque requirements for nature's survival and its sublime beauty as filtered through innocent eyes. This work challenges our banal presumptions of perception and the psychology of our experience of the landscape. Additionally, it is a manifestation of intuitive play embodying a multitude of forms and textures through the use of classical techniques and materials such as bronze, iron, and encaustic. The intent of The Spring Collection is to present the viewer with evocative juxtapositions and to reveal our shared experiences of human anxiety, phobia, taboo, and dreams.

 

Southern Charms

New Work by Martica Griffin
April 1st until May 3rd, 2010

Martica Griffin is a Nashville-based painter who creates both abstract and figurative works.  Using her strong sense of graphics, texture, and color, Griffin develops a sense of depth in each painting that makes every viewing of her work fresh and exciting.

Inspired by legends, myths, ghosts, music, and more, Griffin's latest series of paintings is a colorful take on the South.  Each piece looks at what makes each Southern state unique - from the music of Lil' Wayne and Louis Armstrong, to the sermons of Billy Graham, to quilts of Alabama.  The paintings begin with graphic marks and then are merged with color, shape, and texture to form something that is unexpected.  Griffin's intention is to leave the viewer with a sense of joy, a smile, or a non-objective tour of the South.  

Martica Griffin graduated from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and has done postgraduate studies at the School of Visual Arts in New York.  Her works reside in various public and private collections.

 

Lyle Carbajal

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March 6th-March 27th, 2010
Opening reception from 6-9 pm

The upcoming exhibition at Tinney Contemporary Gallery will feature new works by Lyle Carbajal that revisit themes painted in his past work.

Lyle Carbajal uses his paintings to explore the unintentional. Through the use of color, bold line and image placement he 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.

His focus on the face is evident in each painting, where visages are wild-eyed and gripped with anger, terror, confusion or pain.  The depictions of extreme emotive states in his paintings are as raw and innocent as those of a child.  Childhood memories and his Latin American background have helped Carbajal search for a primitive expression of the world.

Lyle Carbajal holds a degree in design yet is self-taught as a painter. His work has been exhibited in galleries around the world such as Museu de Estremoz in Portugal, the Caro D'Offay Gallery in Chicago, and Art Fair in Denmark.  His work can be found in many private and corporate collections.

Disappeared & Vanished

February 6th until February 27th, 2010
Opening Reception February 6th from 6-9pm

Eduardo Terranova is an artist and practicing architect living in New York City. He was born in Colombia, a country that has undergone over a sixty-year period of internecine war. The first wave of civil conflict left over two hundred thousand dead and an untold number of missing persons. The following waves have left thousands dead and an untold number of disappeared. The conflict continues. He immigrated to the States when he was 19.

As a child he taught himself to sew, to stitch, to make kites and to create his own toys. His passion for art and architecture is later developed with ballet classes in his teenage years. The sense of space, the figure defying gravity, the balance of bodies in motion, the vacuuming and filling of space and body, all contributed to his spatial formation. For Terranova, there is nothing more beautiful than holding a pencil or a brush in his hand. For him, it is like dancing with your heart in your hands around the universe. Today, Terranova sews and stitches his canvasses. His work has been developing out of socio-political themes such as the "Disappeared and Vanished" and "Memory and Dreams".

In 2006, Terranova began a series of paintings memorializing the collective memory of the disappeared. In these works, he starts puncturing, slashing, scoring and otherwise mutilating the painting surface. His canvases penetrated by light, shine and reveal former wounds, mutilations and tracing to be healed, to be heard. The construction of these works is developed as he punctures and repairs the surface, piercing them sometimes by symbolic acts of violence creating "voids", empty spaces to signify the presence of those vanished.

He employs coffee and wine as pigments in a diluted manner, creating a "stain" effect that may imply a former existence, erasures or disappeared signatures. This stain, perhaps, also suggests dried blood and former existences evoking the voices of those no longer present. Through his contact with his culture, its past, its ruins and ashes, Terranova's works are a unique voice embracing and forming a collective memory.

His works have been exhibited in galleries and museums, in solo and group shows, throughout the United States, Italy, Spain, Austria, Sweden and Argentina.  He holds a Master of Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design, 2006; a Bachelor of Architecture from the New York Institute of Technology, 1998 and a Bachelor of Science from ETH, 1992