SHANE TOLBERT

March 2011

Opening Saturday 12 March 2011

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Shane Tolbert Houston Texas New Paintings

Playing with conventions of what paint can be as a medium, this body of work challenges the P in painting.  There is no paint, at least not on the canvas.  Rather a process of reactivating pigment in the dyed canvas fibers with a solution of sodium chloride.  I look to engage the canvas as medium and subject instead of its traditional role as a primed ground for paint to exist on as did the color field painters, and like them I seek to embody the idea of what a painting is even in its absence.

A drawing element is found in the sewn thread and breaks in stitching.  Sculpture emerges during fabrication: treating, washing, iron, cutting, collaging, sewing and stretching.  What’s fascinating to me  is the intersection between the domestic process of making these paintings and their heroic presence as art.   ST

Shane Tolbert Houston Texas New Paintings

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