TIM STONE “No Middle Ground”
Showing at the Hutchinson Art Center, June 15 to July 8 2018
Tim Stone’s work consists of depicting spaces that are inspired by the ordinary and triggered by the mundane. He paints scenes or the places where incidents in real life or fiction occur. His work questions what realism is and what is fiction and depicts the spaces in which they converge. There is a constant tension between the ordinary and the superlative and between natural and artificial color. This occurrence is true in real life, so it is truthful in the scenes he paints. He is both investigating and celebrating his experience of liminal spaces.
With his newest series of work “Invented Landscapes,” he splices representational imagery with abstract mark-making to create new, intuitively-designed landscapes. By collaging cut-outs of iconic and recognizable imagery, he is redefining, or “inventing” such imagery into a completely new space to be experienced by the viewer. The cut-out images he works with are never forced together, but attached with a harmonious logic. Similar colors and shapes existing between the images are fused together, changing the images original intention. These Invented Landscapes are now untethered, free to exist in their own fabricated reality.