Small Abstract Paintings

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Small Abstract Paintings

547 West 27th Street
Suite 500
New York, NY 10001
January 4th, 2011 - January 29th, 2011
Opening: January 6th, 2011 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6


The exhibition “Lorraine Tady: Small Abstract Paintings” will be in the Painting Center’s
Project Room and will present a selection of small scale recent paintings representative
of a larger, ongoing body of work. Tady is the 2010 recipient of the Ruth and Harold
Chenven Foundation Award, which has generously supported this exhibition.

Tady’s work is a continued exploration of architectural and mechanical abstraction,
intuitive and haptic forms built with a painterly sensibility yet linear and drawn. Her
imaginary theater contains forms that float, hover, meander, grind, churn, diddle, idle,
seek, work or partake in some rhythmic yet structurally asymmetrical activity.

She states:
“In my work mechanical-like systems are subjected to or are participants
in an indirect and formal examination of structure; or a subverted
diagrammatic, engineering process. Parts are extracted, analyzed, and
re-translated, using both digital and analog tools. I propose questions in
the investigation and set up specific games, parameters and rules to
respond to in the work’s progression. The language of line propels the
work, and I use it to help make visible the parts, and to find the answer to
‘what connects to this, how is this connected to that, etc.’

Lorraine Tady attended the Yale/Norfolk School of Art in 1988 with the Ellen Battell-
Stoeckel Fellowship. She received her BFA in painting from Ohio’s Wright State
University in 1989 and, on full scholarship, her MFA in 1991 from Southern Methodist
University, Dallas, TX. Tady has had numerous solo shows at the Barry Whistler Gallery
in Dallas, TX as well as participated in group exhibitions nationally including Seattle,
New York, Massachusetts, Washington, D.C., and SPACES in Cleveland. Her work was
included in New American Paintings #48 in 2003. She was awarded the Kimbrough
Award from the Dallas Museum of Art in 1993 and was a 2007 finalist for the Huntington
Art Prize. She was nominated for the Arthouse Texas Prize, the Joan Mitchell Grant and
the Louis Comfort Tiffany Grant. Tady has been Visiting Assistant Professor at the
University of Dallas, Southern Methodist University, and Baylor University. She currently
is a Clinical Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Dallas. Her work is in
collections including American Airlines and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as private
collections in Dallas and New York.