|BARRY WHISTLER GALLERY // OCT09 // 6-8PM
|Barry Whistler Gallery
315 Cole Street Suite 120, Dallas, TX 75207
Hours: Wednesday through Saturday
Noon - 5pm
and by appointment.
|LESLIE WILKES / NEW PAINTINGS AND GOUACHES
October 21 - November 25, 2017
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|LORRAINE TADY / SPARKLINES
Paintings, Drawings, Prints
October 21 - November 25, 2017
Barry Whistler Gallery continues the 2017 season with an exhibition of works by gallery artist
Lorraine Tady. Sparklines opens October 21, 6-8 PM, and runs through November 25, 2017.
This exhibition marks the artist’s seventh solo show with the gallery since 1994.
For the past 25 years, Lorraine Tady’s work has explored a process oriented conceptual
abstraction using re-invention, or re-assembly, of her bank of invented imagery. The show
includes paintings, drawings and prints from her “Octagon Vibration Series.” This series focuses
on intuitive architectural spaces, digital explorations and continued arrays of interconnected
parts. Tady’s art has been influenced by excursions to northern New Mexico; Cape Cod,
Massachusetts; Paris, France; and northeast Iceland. The artist states, “The work is map-like
as an intuitive translation of experience in a place—a type of spatial graph that is also
Edward Tufte’s “intense continuous time-series” reduction of data into a strong, specific
graphic line (from The Visual Display of Quantitative Information, 1983) was eventually
renamed “sparklines” in 2006. Sparklines as an exhibition title is a tag for Tady’s own
poetic translation of Tufte’s “extreme compaction of process and experience” into a line.
|Barry Whistler Gallery continues the 2017 season with an exhibition of works by gallery artist Leslie
Wilkes. New Paintings and Gouaches opens October 21, 6-8 PM, and runs through November 25,
Marfa, Texas resident Leslie Wilkes continues her mastery of line color and composition in her
third solo exhibition with the gallery. Her pattern paintings on canvas and paper have been
described as gem like, kaleidoscopic, and even floral. Wilkes sets up a pattern that is used over
and over in ever changing delineations. This exhibition will include her largest work to date; a
6 x 6’ canvas as well as several 4 x 4’ and 5 x 5’ canvases. A group of her gouaches on paper
works, which are often studies for the canvases, will also be included.
The artist states…
Using a geometric pattern as a template for the composition, sections are divided to make new
outlines. One of these shapes will become the central element to the piece, into which another
pattern is placed. Color is added, isolating new shapes into symmetrical arrangements. Each
selection is a reaction to the previous choice of form and color. The composition of pattern and
color is not predetermined and the image remains unresolved until the last shape and color are
defined, so the final image is always a surprise. These accidental mandalas form a kind of
kaleidoscopic Rorschach blot, which encourages the viewer to seek recognizable form in the
image, playing on the mind’s tendency to conjure recognizable images where none actually
Leslie Wilkes received a BA from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from the School of
the Art Institute of Chicago. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and
was the recipient of the Milton and Sally Avery Fellowship Award at the McDowell Colony