Timothy Taylor Gallery is delighted to present In Dreams, a group exhibition featuring works on paper by established and emerging artists, including Armen Eloyan, Volker Hueller, Tomasz Kowalski, Norbert Schwontkowski, Kiki Smith and Rose Wylie. This selection of figurative works reveals idiosyncratic narratives and their makerʼs desire to construct hermetic alternative worlds. In ways similar to the logic experienced when dreaming, these drawn fictions give rise to impossible or incongruous episodes that nevertheless appear convincing when considered within their given context.
Taking inspiration from myths and literature and linking spirit, animal and human worlds, Kiki Smithʼs somnambulist characters and symbolic objects appear to float freely in an ambiguous ethereal space. Smithʼs large-scale collage and ink works on paper reveal a deeply personal language of coded imagery, which speaks of the fragility and transitory nature of the body.
Armen Eloyan’s latest body of watercolours depict exhausted wooden characters, whose blissful facial expressions suggest the shared ability to dream. Highly coloured and defined with bold graphic outlines these vignettes refer to their subjects unrealised and human psychosexual fantasies.
Norbert Schwontkowskiʼs elusive and surreal monotypes include isolated figures that occupy indeterminate grounds. Favouring a muted or monochrome palette the artist generates a faded and worn patina, which suggests half remembered instances from a distant memory.
Rose Wylieʼs quirky and richly associative paintings and drawings are influenced by diverse and potentially clashing sources including Egyptian friezes, medieval wall painting, South Park cartoons, Match of the Day, and a wide array of popular films. Typically, Wylie combines poetic, humorous and surreal imagery with a powerful political message.
The hand-coloured etchings of Volker Hueller evoke the atmospheric remains of a dark European history. Spidery lines delineate ambiguous scenes: suppressed violence and sexual tension permeate within the cracks and crevices of these complex drawings.
Creating unsettling narratives using the iconographic repertoire of art history, the works of Tomasz Kowalski introduce glimpses of a parallel universe. Referring to the passage of time and the cycles of life and death, Kowalskiʼs surreal landscapes and interiors come crashing into our world.
The lone figures that occupy several of the compositions featured in this exhibition bear testimony to a solipsistic tendency in many studio practices. Here an emersion in medium and process leaves only enough room for a projected equivalent of the maker.
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Armen Eloyan was born in 1966 in Armenia and now lives and works in Zurich. He has had solo exhibitions at Timothy Taylor Gallery in 2008 and 2009, and has recently exhibited in group shows at Andrea Rose Gallery and Armand Bartos Gallery, both in New York in 2010. In October 2010, Eloyan will feature in The Reality of the Lowest Rank, curated by Luc Tuymans. This major survey of eastern European art will be held at various venues across Bruges as part of the Belgium Bruges City Festival 17 September - 30 January 2011.
Volker Hueller was born in 1976 in Forcheim, Germany. His 2010 exhibition at Timothy Taylor Gallery continued the galleryʼs Viewing Room programme. Hueller received critical and commercial success with his two gallery show at Salon 94 and Eleven Rivington in New York in 2009. He lives and works in Berlin.
Tomasz Kowalski was born in 1984 in Poland, and now lives and works in Berlin. He has had solo shows at carlier | gebauer in Berlin, 2009, and at Gabriele Senn Galerie in Vienna, 2010.
Norbert Schwontkowski was born in Bremmen in 1949. He has been active as a painter since the late 70s, and has recently had solo exhibitions at Mitchell-Innes and Nash, New York (2009), and Contemporary Fine Arts, Berlin (2009).
Kiki Smith was born in Nuremberg in 1954. With a career spanning three decades, Smith is an artist of international prominence whose work is held in public collections worldwide. She lives and works in New York.
Rose Wylie was born in 1934 in Kent. She is becoming increasingly well known and respected and has had solo exhibitions at Union Gallery, London (2010) and Transition Gallery, London (2008). She lives and works Sittingbourne, Kent.