Reception: Saturday, February 4, 4 - 6pm
Gallery Paule Anglim is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Canan Tolon.
Tolon will show new black and white paintings in a remarkable technique manipulating oil paint over a surface of slick gesso. Although purely abstract, the works engage the viewer's sensory response to landscape, architectural space and photography. Tolon's mysterious and elusive imagery triggers the mind to search for references in the real world. With a painter's knife she creates fine lines, building up matrices that seem to define depth and distance, or capture movement frozen in time.
Tolon, who has lived and maintained a studio in the Bay Area for over twenty years, has a devoted following abroad, especially in Turkey where she was born. She has exhibited frequently in Istanbul, and with recent shows in New York and Berlin. For the gallery Tanas in Berlin she exhibiting an installation, an illusory space created with live grass and mirrors: http://www.tanasberlin.de/index.php?nav=aktuell. Educated in Germany, England and at UC Berkeley, she is also an architect and designer. Aside from her painting practice, she works with sculpture and installation, emphasizing the mutability of form.
The exhibition is accompanied by the catalog Then, and then with an essay by Jacqueline Baas.