Tinney Contemporary presents The New Real III, the third installment of a series of contemporary realism exhibitions curated by Tinney Contemporary Gallery Director Sarah Wilson. Artwork by Joel Daniel Phillips, Erin Cone, Kay Ruane, Brian Tull, Eric Zener, and Alex Hall.
Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present The New Real III, the third installment of a series of contemporary realism exhibitions curated by Tinney Contemporary Gallery Director Sarah Wilson. This exhibition further explores the ongoing discourse of contemporary realist painting and its changing function within modern society. Featuring figurative work by both local and national artists, the exhibition offers fresh and unique perspectives on a long-standing tradition rooted in craftsmanship and technical mastery.
There is a psychological dimension to each piece that runs as a common thread between the selected artists. Tull, Zener, Cone, Phillips, Hall, and Ruane invite the viewer to empathize with the characters, to step into their reality, thereby gaining new perspectives and experiences through the art. These works combine the accessibility of a straight-forward and unabstracted style with a careful attention to detail, allowing them to appeal to a wide range of viewers.
These paintings each exist in the liminal space between illusion and reality. The exhibition provides a bold retort to the common criticism that contemporary realism lacks complexity. Conversely, the work pulls the viewer into a dialogue between artist and subject, examining the multifaceted nature of representative art and urging the viewer to do the same.