Los Angeles, CA (March 14, 2012)—CB1 Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of the work of Timothy Nolan, Restack. For nearly two decades Nolan has explored illusions of three-dimensional space through the use of pattern, line and shape in two dimensional wall work and floor installations. The exhibition includes the artist’s first freestanding, large scale sculpture. The exhibition will be on view in our East Gallery from April 1–29, 2012, with a reception for the artist on Sunday, April 1st, 5 – 7 p.m. An artist talk is scheduled for April 29 at 3 p.m.
The centerpiece of Timothy Nolan’s exhibition, a latticed and stacked trapezoidal shaped sculpture shifts, melds and reconfigures as the viewer moves around the work and throughout the gallery, sometimes taking form as the elements of the piece interact with one another, and sometimes confounding viewers’ experience of spatial dynamics within the work and the larger gallery space. The work addresses aspects of the entire gallery space, an historic bank building in downtown Los Angeles. It will take to the next level Nolan’s investigation of geometry, line and pattern, and his interest in blurring the line between permanence and impermanence, solid form and illusion. Also on view will be a series of works on glass panels, and another on cut paper that push the boundaries of the two dimensional field.
Nolan explores and interprets fundamental patterns, geometry, and systems-of-order which occur naturally and unnaturally, on purpose and by chance. While nearly everything we experience today is digitized, each convergence of shapes echoes back thousands of years through multiple iterations, revealing the building blocks of life and civilization. While Minimalism and Cubism have influenced Nolan’s work, he also draws inspiration from lesser-known movements such as Pattern and Decoration and Op Art, addressing shifting perception of two and three dimensions; illusionist (plastic) space vs. real dimensionality.
Timothy Nolan has exhibited extensively since the 1990s, with shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Europe. Museum shows include the San Diego Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Tucson, Arizona, the University Art Museum at California State Long Beach, the Weatherspoon Museum at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and the Torrance Art Museum in Torrance, California. His work is in the collection at the de Young Museum of Art, San Francisco, California and the Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR. In addition to CC! and Durfee Foundation ARC Grants, the COLA Fellowship Grant from the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in 2008, and a grant from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation in 2001, he has received residency fellowships from the Corporation of Yaddo, The Ucross Foundation, The Edward F. Albee Foundation, the Djerassi Resident Artists Program and Stichting Kaus Australis in Rotterdam.