A life-long devotee to both the formal and psychological properties of abstraction, Britton Tolliver’s painting practice has come to embrace the vacillation between chaos and structure. The influence of these opposing yet complementary forces can be traced back to the artist’s creative origins – Tolliver made his first artworks in his early twenties while serving time in prison.
In practice, Tolliver discovered geometric abstraction to be a powerful tool for liberation and it has been his predominant perceptual filter ever since, allowing him to metaphorically reference the hallucinogenic experiments and subsequent traumas that defined this period of his life, while embracing intuition and creativity as an expansive expression of freedom.
In Bend To Play Tolliver applies a technique he devised for pushing paint through grids to an array of complex biomorphic and geometric forms. Plateaus of paint slabs are excavated to reveal Richteresque seas of squeegeed abstraction, brushless color fades reminiscent of light and space installations, and glowing lines that meander like graph vectors undone by their own frenetic energy.
These innovative sculptural painting techniques reveal a skillful athleticism mixed with a propensity for problem solving. The paintings recall vacuumed-formed topographical maps with microcosmic paint cliffs and pools teeming with the polymorphic genes of Fetish Finish and 1970s pop culture.
Britton Tolliver (b. 1976, Kingsport, Tennessee)
BRITTON TOLLIVER: Bend To Play
Exhibition Dates: February 29 – April 11, 2020
LUIS DE JESUS LOS ANGELES
2685 S LA CIENEGA BLVD
LOS ANGELES CA 90034