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September 20, 2007 to December 30, 2007

Tim McFarlane: Stratum

The work of Tim McFarlane is a testament to continuing significance of abstract painting today. Complex and aesthetically elegant in the use of pattern and color, both the small and large scale canvases present the viewer with a glimpse into the artist’s working process. Building layer upon layer, the final work reveals a consistent attempt at negation and affirmation of impulses. This inclination to create and then recreate resonates throughout his work, enhanced by a sophisticated use of color and by using a technique where one wet application of paint is immediately reworked by another layer. This development over time creates a depth within the surface, providing an archive of the working process used to achieve the final form.

McFarlane states, “My paintings reflect my interest in the ambiguities and chaos inherent in the overlapping actions and thoughts occurring at any given moment. Like images and words flitting in and out of focus before forming a cohesive thought, I seek to capture some iota of that random formation through the use of multiple layers of paint. These layers feed off of each other, coalescing at some points and receding in others, potentially forming a whole and possibly breaking apart and dissolving.”

McFarlane received a B.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia PA, and has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the University of Arts in 2003 and 2005. Solo exhibitions include:When is Now, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2007; Logical Progression, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2005; Inverted Dislocation, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2004; Fleisher Challenge, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA ,2001; Subliminal Shift, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2000; and Gallerie Tugarraf, Philadelphia, PA 1996. Recent selected group exhibitions include: Luxe Calme et Volupté, Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA, 2007; Color My World, Bridgette Mayer Gallery - New Hope, New Hope PA, 2006; Order(ed), Gallery Siano, Philadelphia PA, 2006; Sum of All Parts, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2005; AAF Contemporary Art Fair, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, New York NY, 2005; Engaging The Structural, Broadway Gallery, New York, NY, 2005; Bridgette Mayer Gallery Group Show, Tierney Communications, Philadelphia, PA, 2005; Art Of The State, State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA, 2004; Dear Fleisher, Fleisher Art Memorial, Philadelphia, PA, 2004; Bridgette Mayer Gallery Group Show, Tierney Communications, Philadelphia, PA, 2004; Hard Pressed, DaVinci Art Alliance, Philadelphia, PA, 2003; Painting Invitational, Cheltenham Center for the Arts, Cheltenham, PA, 2003; Drawing As Drawing, Drawing in Painting, Olmsted Gallery, Penn State Harrisburg, Middletown, PA, 2003; Gallery Group Exhibition: Survey of New Works, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, 2002/03; Summer Group Exhibition, Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA, 2002; and Mid-Atlantic Artists, Open Studios Press Gallery, Boston, MA, 2002. McFarlane was a Second Round Finalist for the Pew Fellowships in the Arts in 2000; received the Liquitex Excellence in Art-University Award from Temple University in 1993; and a Temple University Department of Art and Art Education Award for Excellence in 1993. McFarlane lives and works in Philadelphia and is represented by Bridgette Mayer Gallery, Philadelphia, PA.

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