May 11th Reception from 6:00-8:00pm
Curated by Amy Eva Raehse
Goya Contemporary Gallery and Curator Amy Raehse are pleased to present a solo exhibition of art by Contemporary American Painter Timothy App (B. 1947 Akron, OH), whose works are in numerous private and public collections including the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Albright-Knox in NY, the Long Beach Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Santa Fe, among others. Timothy App attended Kent State University in Ohio, where he received a BFA degree in painting in 1970.
He continued his study of painting at Tyler School of Art of Temple University and in 1974 received an MFA. During his thirty-two years of teaching, he has taught at Pomona College in California , the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque , and since 1990 at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. With many one-person and group exhibitions since 1970, he has shown his abstract paintings regionally, nationally and abroad including in Poland and Japan.
App is a recipient of a NEA fellowship in painting, as well as an individual artist’s grant from the Maryland State Arts Council. Twice he has received the Trustee’s Award for Excellence in Teaching at MICA, and has been nominated for the Richard C. Diebenkorn Teaching Fellowship. In addition to teaching and painting, he has written on the work of other artists, lectured on his own work and curated exhibitions. Timothy App: Threshold at Goya Contemporary will feature 8 new paintings authored by the artist, who will additionally have a one-person, mid-career retrospective exhibition at the Katzen Museum of Washington DC in April of 2013.
Of the new work, Goya’s Executive Director and Exhibitions Curator, Amy Eva Raehse, explains: “It is no surprise that while looking upon the past, in preparation for the 2013 retrospect, App’s newest works share vernacularism with his preceding movements. These works are powerful and seek to create a sense of visual tension through color and shape, which points to the relevance of his long running conversation in geometric abstraction.”
The artist explains: “Among the recurring thematic forms in my work is the portal—the liminal barrier that entreats passage from one place to another, from one state to another. This construction, which requires bi-lateral symmetry for its visual power and anthropometric presence, has been summoned before in my work. The metaphysical implications of this compelling form continue to haunt my thinking about painting and have re-emerged in this body of work.”
App also adds: “Beyond this revived metaphor, my devotion to the aesthetics of precision remains paramount, along with the creation of pictorial space through light and measure. This signals for me the constructed reality of a painting and simultaneously its potential for transformation. The beauty of this continuing endeavor, despite any conceits I might harbor to the contrary, is that I never really know what will transpire in a given work. Visual dynamics of all sorts can and do unfold as I pursue what might seem a narrow path. Although I begin with a general plan, the given variables shift and change in subtle and unpredictable ways as I proceed toward a resolution.”
The exhibition will be held in both gallery 1 and gallery 2 at Goya Contemporary through July 7th of 2012.