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Small Test Pattern 4

2900 EUR

Reference

c0470a0f

Year

2002

Medium

Paintings

Size

50.8 x 40.6 cm
20.00 x 16 in

Price

2900,00 €

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  • About the work

Acrylic/Gouache on wood.

Test Pattern series sets up a generic template as a poetic prompt to consider how behavioural responses to color and form stimulate an abstract sense of contemporary being.

The ostensible template here refers to the color calibration test of the machinic eye (the camera's eye) in a common tool for this purpose, the test pattern. This is not a strictly conceptual usage however, but more of a purposeful play with instrumental meaning and its possible liberation in poetic trance.

Like the Survey and Decal series, the Test Pattern series intend to refer to technological and social conditioning, or the abstraction of contemporary experience, and also the potential for transcending that conditioning by grasping it in the physical and perhaps less-determined form of paintings on wood panel.

2016

  • Plain Sight, catalogue essay for group show at Western Michigan University, for the NYPOP program of UMass Amherst

2015

  •  Toward a Generic Aesthetics: A Non – Philosophy of Art, &&& Journal, The New Centre for Research and Practice May 29 2015
  •   Driving to Amherst, catalogue essay for Nathaniel Leib, artist in residence at Amherst College 2014 - 15

2013

  • Following the Socia l, apexart catalogue with essay for “Memphis Social”, Memphis, TN

2010

  • Arcadia Now, catalogue for curated group show, Castleton State College, VT

2003

  • Lateral Thinking, Catalogue and Essay, Eileen Torpey exhibit, NY, NY

2002

  • Deluxe, Catalogue with Essay, “Surface Considerations”, Jersey City, NJ

1998

  •  Unnatural Selection, Catalogue with contributing essay , Raritan Valley, Community College, North Branch, NJ
  •  Urban Encounters, Catalogue Essay, “The Memory of a Meeting Place ”, The New Museum, NY, NY

1996

  • Mac Wells, Light into Being, Retrospective at Hunter College, Contributing essay, NY, NY

1997

  •  After the Fall: Aspects of Abstract Painting since 1970, Vol. II,
  •  Contributing essay, curated by Lilly Wei at the Newhouse Center f or Contemporary Art, NY

About the Artist

1958 , United States

Tom McGlynn is an American abstract artist whose oeuvre explores interactive color and proportion in tension with their potential semiotic meaning. He is also an independent curator and a writer, contributing regularly to The Brooklyn Rail. Furthermore, the artist is the founding director of Beautiful Fields, an organization dedicated to socially-engaged curatorial projects. He is currently teaching at the Parsons New School of Design in New York City.

He lives and works in the NYC area.

Born in 1958, the artist became interested in drawing at an early age. His talent was encouraged within his family and he eventually enrolled Ramapo College in New Jersey, earning a BFA in printmaking in 1980. In 1996, the artist obtained his MFA in painting from Hunter College. As an undergraduate student in his twenties, he was influenced by both art and literature, especially by the works of the artist Robert Smithson and the poet William Carlos Williams who both lived a formative and meaningful part of their lives in NJ, where McGlynn grew up. 

The painter utilizes a language of forms he receives from his physical environment. Inspired by signs, logos, architectural patterns, and other contemporary visual patterns and shapes, he offers new, pared down interpretations of common imagery. His style is ostensibly formalist, or, more accurately, post-minimalist, but beyond these labels, he conceives of the work in terms of their immediacy and phenomenal (optical and tactile) presence. He rigorously hand-paints his works, slowly applying layers of acrylic to wood panel, canvas or paper. At first glance, the work may appear to be too precise to have been hand-painted, but a closer look reveals brush strokes and subtle tactile shifts left by the artist's hand. The structure of his current body of work is mostly determined by the rectangular format of the support. The artist prefers to keep things formally simple in order to derive an implicit complexity of meaning, thereby opening up the ontological experience of the artist to his viewer’s own.

The imperfect-although meticulously made-forms created by McGlynn's technique evoke something modern, controlled, familiar, and simultaneously in flux. He is currently working on a new body of paintings that develop and extend the artist's interest in the simple gestalt experience of enculturated experience and memory. Additionally, the artist has continued to assemble a vast array of quotidian photographs that serve as a notebook of his daily formal interactions with architecture, signage and local color.

The NYC-based artist is interested in phenomenology, the study of the structures of human consciousness as they are revealed through experiences. By abstracting common contemporary forms, reordering them in a way intended to evoke an emotional response, he is engaging in what he describes as "a form of contemporary realism."

The artist calls the sum total of the culture's visual landscape, including the media, architecture, advertising, and various elements of the urban backdrop, the "accumulated sediment of mediated consciousness." He works with this "sediment" as a raw material, abstracting it and capturing the resulting imagery, isolating it in time and space. The maximal potential ends of the totality of visual experience are made possible in the artist's work through minimal means.

He counts Kasimir Malevich, Ellsworth Kelly, Mary Heilmann, Barnett Newman, and Peter Halley among his artistic influences. McGlynn has also been influenced by a growing up in post-WWII America and its specific zeitgeist - described by Cady Noland as a specific, gestalt experience – as well as other contemporary artists such as Olivier Mosset, Rachel Whiteread, Sadie Benning, Jacob Kassay, Mona Hatoum, Doug Ashford, David Hammons and Liam Gillick, among others.


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