56 HENRY is pleased to present Richard Tinkler: Drawings, an exhibition solely dedicated to the artist’s works on paper. The collection of some 30 drawings will be on view from September 21 through October 20, 2018.
For his second exhibition with the gallery, Tinkler highlights an inextricable element of his artwork: his daily drawing practice. On view in the gallery is a set of kaleidoscopic abstractions that exploit a gridded compositional strategy to create complex and energetic geometries. Each drawing is developed over numerous sittings, and requires between twenty and thirty hours of diligence to reach a finished state. By returning to drawing each day, Tinkler establishes a close bond with abstraction’s ability to communicate without rigid or stagnant language. In Tinkler’s geometric abstractions, there is room for the fluidity, blurring, and shifts that occur between days and moments. As the artist states:
“Drawing is the engine of my work. I draw pretty much every day. Usually for a few hours in the morning before I do anything else. The ideas for a drawing almost always come out of drawings I have made in the past. I think of some small change or improvement for a drawing, which leads to an entirely different thing happening in the new drawing. I work in an intuitive way. I want to leave myself open to possibilities that cannot be preconceived. I often start a drawing with a dot in the center of the paper. This is not measured but done by eye. All of the geometry and symmetry in the drawings is approximate. This creates a much more active space. Just as each drawing starts from and grows out of the center, each drawing is constrained by the edge of the paper. I think of these directives as two forces at work: one growing out of the center and creating an illusionistic space, and one pushing in from the edges and having to do with the physical reality of the drawing. The drawings’ relationship with figure and field becomes a metaphor; the figure and field are made up of the same stuff and are interchangeable in a continuum of ways. For me, this is a way to speak about the experience of being an individual who exists in the world as both part of it and something separate. Each drawing declares a specific mix of these feelings at a certain point in time. It’s like saying ‘here I am,’ and then again ‘here I am.’”
Richard Tinkler (b. 1975, Westminister, Maryland) lives and works in New York City. He received a BFA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from Hunter College. His work was the subject of a recent solo exhibition at Albert Merola Gallery, Provincetown, MA. He has been featured in group presentations at Anton Kern Gallery, New York; Cheim & Reid, New York; Collezione Maramotti, Reggio Emilia, Italy; Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Salzburg and Paris. Richard Tinkler is represented by 56 HENRY.
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