Tilton Gallery Presents
October 28 – Decemeber 23, 2010
Reception for the artists October 28, 2010
6:00 – 8:00 pm at The Tilton Gallery
Tilton Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of recent sculpture and early works on aluminum by Los Angeles artist Timothy Washington. This is Washington’s first solo exhibition at the Tilton Gallery and his first solo exhibition in New York. The opening reception will be on October 28 from 6-8pm and the exhibition continues through December 23, 2010.
Timothy Washington is a key figure in the Los Angeles assemblage movement of the 1960s and 1970s. Born in 1946, Washington has lived and worked in Los Angeles his whole life. He took early inspiration from Simon Rodia’s Watts Towers, near which he grew up, and he often gathered discarded objects he found in the Watts neighborhood. While working as a scenic painter for companies such as NBC and Disney, Washington turned to making sculpture as a means of personal expression. This work grew out of the larger L.A. movement and in conversation with his peers and friends, including John Outterbridge, Betye Saar, and David Hammons.
Recent sculpture draws on the history of assemblage, folk-art and African tribal sculpture, in which Washington transforms ordinary objects into vibrant figures, creating his own unique language to describe personal experiences. Washington collects everyday objects such as bottles, bits of paper, fabric and china as well as other found items, and incorporates these quotidian materials into surfaces of cotton, glue and pigment that cover a metal armature made of wire coat hangers. Of his use of cotton, he comments: “I am still picking cotton.” An early steel figure, widely shown in the ‘70s in L.A., will also be exhibited, along with examples of important early graphic statements on aluminum.
Washington studied at the Chouinard Art Institute from 1965-1969, and his work has been included in museum exhibitions such as Three Graphic Artists: Charles White, David Hammons, Timothy Washington at the L.A. County Museum of Art in 1971 and Los Angeles 1972: A Panorama of Black Artists, also at LACMA, and Inside my Head: Intuitive Artists of African Descent at the California African American Museum, L.A. in 2009.
Tilton Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles artist Brenna Youngblood. When-Win is Youngblood’s first solo exhibition at the Tilton Gallery and her first solo exhibition in New York. The opening reception will be on October 28 from 6-8pm and the exhibition continues through December 23, 2010.
Brenna Youngblood’s sculptural collaged paintings are characterized by densely layered surfaces that incorporate found objects and cut photographs. Her works engage us with fragments of her every day world. Youngblood takes apart images and re-organizes them in such a way that the viewer focuses on seemingly stray details that convey the essence of a particular atmosphere. Youngblood began her career as a photographer, and feels this continues to influence her choices and how she “frames” an image.
Many of the works in this show evoke interior scenes of homes that are old, fading and in disrepair. Wall paneling and furniture appear to crumble into obscurity, leaving a feeling of abandonment. The collection of material on the canvas reflects how we accumulate so much in our daily lives. The incorporation of domestic materials such as doilies and the depiction of diamonds recall a distant notion of femininity. Fences, both chain link and wooden, are also a reoccurring theme. These works examine the idea of perspective and depth, as well as figuration and abstraction.
Brenna Youngblood studied with John Baldessari at the University of California, L.A., and has shown her work at the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art, and the California African American Museum, L.A., as well as at the Margo Leavin Gallery, L.A. and Susanne Vielmetter Berlin Projects.
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