Close
Close

EXHIBITIONS

John Tiney at Gallery Vela, London


John Tiney’s video ‘Throw Up’ encapsulates his show at Gallery Vela. Tiney is a regurgitation machine. Each of the untitled works in the exhibition is clusterfuck packed with art historical references, particularly to German and American 90’s painting. In the exhibition’s piece-de-resistance (a large painting on wood panel in the back room dense with images including a zebra, a barrel and a noose) Tiney gives us a flamboyant display of his taping and layering techniques. He makes allusions to early Carroll Dunham as well as to Pittman and Kippenbeger but these references are so frontal they become a decoy.

The noose in Tiney’s painting mocks the conversation about the death of painting; Painting is so alive for him it’s a moot point. The zebra image gives us a clue as to his true intentions; Tiney’s painting is a sort of camouflage, disguising itself against a specific genre of painting, but in fact operating with a very different purpose to the forms it tropes. In a series of paintings in the front room Tiney transforms his studio T-shirts into Polke-esque dispersions by stretching them and superimposing historical images on them such as tall ships. His employs bathos as a device for dislodging painting from its comfortable position. His work is part of a mock-heroic tradition and what might appear to be dandyish, insincere or cold is in fact satirical and expansive. His witty and terse approach and his love of bad taste is a Maximal breath of fresh air. (John Walter)

at Gallery Vela, London

until 13 October 2012

.

Studio Shirt Series, 2012

Studio Shirt Series, 2012

Untitled, 2012

Untitled, 2012

Untitled, 2012

Untitled, 2012

Vessels, 2012

Throw Up, 2012

.

Courtesy of Gallery Vela, London

Related Articles
EXHIBITIONS
Marc Bauer “Mi piace Commenta Condividi, A Rhetorical Figure” at Istituto Svizzero, Milan
(Read more)
EXHIBITIONS
Noah Davis at David Zwirner, New York
(Read more)
EXHIBITIONS
Kim Gordon “The Bonfire“ at 303 Gallery, New York
(Read more)
EXHIBITIONS
Martin Kippenberger “BITTESCHÖN DANKESCHÖN” at Bundeskunsthalle, Bonn
(Read more)
EXHIBITIONS
Fiona Tan “Archive / Ruins” at Peter Freeman, Inc., New York
(Read more)
EXHIBITIONS
Kiluanji Kia Henda “Something Happened on the Way to Heaven” at MAN, Nuoro
(Read more)