INTRODUCTION TO FOURTH DIMENSIONALISM
September 4, 2018 - January 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, September 7 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop
Philadelphia-based artist Timmy Graham takes fourth dimensionalism on a color journey as he fuses math and science with art in his massive oil paintings. Inspired by the theory of relativity, color relates to measured distances on the electromagnetic spectrum as every brushstroke becomes an individual plane. "All colors in a spectrum when encountered by light produce their own wavelength... Therefore all colors are spatial elements and distinct in their own right."
While the Fourth Dimension has its roots in the mid-1700s, Graham's experimentation ushered a new approach to his art making process. Viewers are invited to visualize the paint's height, width, length, and depth as it steps off the canvas and extends into another dimension in space. At first glance one sees geometric patterns and symbols. After close inspection one finds figures, gods and goddesses, some dancing with snakes or dagger-wielding archetypes. Graham includes symbols of dominance and oppression. Sexual and spiritual foundations release a higher state of being and social commentary.
In the spirit of collaboration for this exhibition, Timmy Graham partnered with The Delaware Contemporary’s studio artist, Shawn Baron Pinckney, to create a work of art using fabric and dress design. Inspired by Graham’s paintings, tribal dress, and Pinckney’s love for comics as a teen, Clea embodies the mysticism of an other dimensional priestess with the grace of a classic ball gown of the 1950s.
Timmy Graham received a certificate of Fine Arts at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA, followed by a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA. A Fulbright Scholar and Pollock-Krasner recipient, Graham has received awards and fellowships for his work. In 2009, he was awarded full fellowships at The National Art Studio and the CAMAC Centre D'Art in France, along with the Foundation Tenot Individual Artist Grant in Paris. In 2010, he was named Artist in Residence at South Africa's University of Witwatersrand. He received both an award from the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation and an Individual Artist Fellowship from New Jersey State Council on the Arts. His work has been featured in several arts publications around the world such as Art Buzz and New American Painting.
Shawn Baron Pinckney’s work has been published domestically and internationally. In addition, Pinckney has been a guest lecturer at The University of Pennsylvania for The Art of Couture series.
Curated by Morgan Hamilton
Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery
All exhibition opening, closing, and reception dates subject to change