Holly Johnson Gallery presents Jackie Tileston: "Instructions for Dissolution" opening reception
Holly Johnson Gallery will present the opening of Jackie Tileston: "Instructions for Dissolution," an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper. Tileston's paintings are heterotopic spaces in which diverse strategies and nomadic thinking create complex images that investigate the contemporary sublime and states of being.
Tileston (b. Manila, Philippines) spent her childhood as an itinerant "Third Culture Kid", living in the Philippines, India, England, and France, before moving to the US. This intercultural mix and sense of belonging everywhere and nowhere has become the template for making abstract, visionary paintings. She has developed her own pictorial vocabulary and symbolism, a semiotics that incorporates references to an eclectic variety of sources: geometric yantras, fragments of Ukiyo-e prints, fractals, digital photos, Chinese landscape, quantum physics, Western Romanticism, and patterns from around the world all feed the work. Tileston creates hybrid, layered and contemplative spaces that explore ways to materialize the ephemeral through exuberant, grotesque, raucous, and baroquely differentiated forms.
Tileston most often works over a background of raw linen coated with rabbit skin glue. She masters atmospheric, misty washes that emulate J.M.W. Turner's ecclesiastic skies and sets these to drift across the picture plane, over which she superimposes bouquets of multi-colored liquid fireworks of unknown hybrid shapes that float and orbit in nebulous chromatopias.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through January 26.