The Soft and Sweet Eclipse
CB1 Gallery is pleased to present our second solo exhibition of the work of Timothy Nolan, The Soft and Sweet Eclipse. The Soft and Sweet Eclipse features a series of pattern-based, geometric collages that allude to natural phenomena and the intersection of culture and nature. Combining Nolan’s documentation of unique geological landscapes, outdated scientific illustrations, and Art Deco patterns, the works evoke themes of ecosystems in transition and our response to, and shifting perspective of, the world around and beyond us.
The exhibition will be on view in our West Gallery from March 23 - April 27, 2014, with a reception for the artist on Sunday, March 23, 5 – 7 p.m.
The pictorial imagery in the collages long served as source material for Nolan's prior geometric work, where he used light, shadow, reflection, line and pattern to blur the line between permanence and impermanence, solid form and illusion. The new work’s invented panoramic landscapes are more painterly, but also further his interest in the inherent gap between physical and illusionary space that occurs through shifts in color, light, and perspective.
To accompany the exhibition, the artist has collaborated with composer/singer/songwriter Donald Rubenstein on a book Light Maze and Star. The two met while in residence at the Ucross Foundation in 2001 and have maintained a friendship. After completing a series of collages inspired by a trip to New Mexico, where Rubenstein lives, Nolan asked Rubinstein if he might like to respond to some of the collage work with his writing, and thus began a suite of poems inspired by 18 of them. Rubenstein’s poems are direct responses to each Nolan work.
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 CCI 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.