John Tiney - Travelling Our Way

14 Mar 2008 – 5 Apr 2008


London, United Kingdom


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studio1.1 is very pleased to present a new series of large paintings by John Tiney. Since completing his MA at Goldsmiths in 2005, where his forensic mind explored film-making, he has made a triumphant return to painting in this his first solo show.

John Tiney takes hugely disparate elements from popular culture marrying them within his paintings to form a new world of chopped logic which both critiques and beguiles. His candy coloured universe tempts us further in than is quite good for us.

In these skewed post-pop mythologies found and re-worked images contradict
themselves while their meticulous execution suggests we are missing something. A forgotten legend, an archetype new to us. A synthesis of images bubbling from the peripheral universes of advertising and archive.

Gradations of colour transform everyday (if subtly chosen) objects into props for the L.A. rest station. The way to San Jose is carefully signposted, but still some few day's journey ahead of us. Bedtime and Hollywood beckon, with those dreams and aspirations confused just at the point of sleep, the lurid sunset reminding us that we are headed resolutely West.

Just as Las Vegas builds its improbable self in the empty desert, out of fragments of a re-sized and garishly illuminated old Europe, these panels shore up counter-intuitive images upon a blank expanse of woodblock. (Travelling finally back perhaps to a different East via Hiroshige and manga).

Far from any fashionable dystopia, however, a new hope is to be found clinging to the wreckage in these fragments from a mutated childhood. Post-apocalyptic they may be, but after the Twilight of the Gods is the Dawn of Man, and '2001' offers some back-dated hope of survival.

for further information or images contact Michael Keenan 07952986696

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