Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to present At the Still Point, a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Tamar Zinn.
The title of this show is taken from T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton,” in which time is treated as an abstract principle; the past and future are contained in the present:
“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only dance.”
As this passage describes the concept of time as a specific moment and all moments at once, each of Tamar Zinn’s works reaches a very specific point where the tension between the forms in the composition become both activated and crystalized. The sense of space is ambiguous, but the geometry is certain. The idea of “the dance,” in Eliot’s writing is about an awareness that reaches beyond the immediate experience, which is what Zinn is evoking with this series of works.
Much of Tamar Zinn’s older work, often created in series, references light within the context of a geometry that loosely suggests architecture. Reducing the geometric compositions and the visual syncopation are the main concerns of her more recent works. With the latest series, a subtle luminosity is returning to her picture planes.
Using aluminum panels, Zinn works in an intuitive process with many thin layers of paint. She scrapes or sands some areas, revealing underlayers, until an atmospheric field has somewhat coalesced. Then, she adds geometric elements, some of which get built up and some of which get sanded back out. She continues layering and sanding until a moment of clarity – the still point – reveals itself.