Ian Tweedy | My Wall
19 Apr 2018 – 16 Jun 2018
First solo show at MONITOR by the american painter Ian Tweedy, after several years of absence, featuring a new group of work entirely conceived for MY WALL solo show.
Ian Tweedy’s early work, which was characterized by the use of a variety of media including graffiti, sculpture, photography and drawing, has given way to an evolution in his research, resulting in a unadulterated painting exhibition. Ian Tweedy’s subject matter, too, has expanded: the coupling of straightforward reporting of historical facts with a personal interpretation now gives way to new methods of narration and representation of facts, time and space.
Ian Tweedy’s aspiration for the construction of a new mythology based on European and American history, together with the concept of appropriation and the recording of past and recent history is now intertwined with a broader vision of reality and personal experience, creating a furthering of imagination which speaks to us in a new language.
The constant and intense labour of collecting and archiving images remains central to Ian Tweedy’s work, but is now compounded by the creation of a more intimate biography, a more defined identity and a multi-layered story open to a number of interpretations. The artist has here embarked on a new dialogue with the medium of painting, its subject matter, and the process of composing an image. The urban landscape of his previous works becomes almost entirely substituted by a natural one.
Nature, depicted in its regenerating process, has become central to Ian Tweedy’s recent work: it is a constant element with its perpetual seasons and its relation to man, who, portrayed almost always from behind as though diving into the background, is captured by nature, creating a seemingly third dimension or additional depth to explore.
Ian Tweedy engages with the canvas as if he were dabbling in a theatrical representation, gradually bringing onto the set elements which go on to compose the direction of the narration and representation. The true intent of the composition is revealed only towards the end as the elements surface from the background. A key role is played by light, which envelopes the subject matter with its dynamism, as well as color, which spreads and bleeds beyond the borders of the painting.
Through a profound exploration of his personal relationship with figurative painting over the years, compounded by his personal conception of abstraction, with TITLE, Ian Tweedy achieves an deep understanding of his own history as a painter, laying the foundation for a future of infinite possibilities.
Ian Tweedy Born in Hahn, Germany, 1982 Lives and works in New York
SOLO SHOWS 2014 Descent, Untitled, New York, 2013 My Neighbors The Von Stauffenbergs, Monitor, Rome
Post Red Scare Raid (After the Triumphs of Caesar by Andrea Mantegna) The Arts Club, London, UK
A Line describing the Surface, Museion, Bolzano, 2012 A Long Story, Untitled, New York, 2011 Retracing my steps, Painting Performance, Complesso Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, Italy. Curated by Ludovico Pratesi and Valentina Ciarallo. Debris, Monitor, Rome. 2009 70 Zeppelins, EX3 Centro per l’Arte Contemporaneo, Florence. Curated by Lorenzo Giusti. No Soul for Sale, A Festival of Independents, Perfomance for Mousse Magazine, X Initiative, New York. Curated by Cecilia Alemani Olympia, WA and a Portriat of a Picture, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano. Without a Glimmer of Remorse, Monitor Gallery, Roma. 2008 I’ll Meet You at the Rendezvous, GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo, Curated by Alessandro Rabottini. 2007 It’s Only a Matter of Time, Studio Dabbeni, Lugano, Switzerland. 2006 A History out of Context, Prometeogallery, Milan.
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