Tim Biskup – Former State

New Paintings & Sculptures
October 14th – November 4th, 2011

Opening Reception: October 14th, 7-10pm

After party at The Little Cave – DJs include: Tim Biskup, MFG, Paul Tao & ERIC WAREHEIM!

THIS los angeles, 5906 N. Figueroa st. LA, CA 90042

Tim Biskup‘s new collection of paintings looks strangely familiar. Maybe it’s the unavoidable Biskup-ness of his color palate or the uncomfortable, slightly “off” expressions of his characters. Whatever it is, it is intentional. This exhibition was carefully planned out from the very beginning of it’s conception. Something that skews dramatically from Biskup’s improvisational past. It’s not like he hasn’t put a lot of thought into his shows (His last NYC show was accompanied by a 60 page book of text.). The difference here is the level of focus. The show is almost entirely made up of large scale paintings in the artist’s polygonal style. To add another layer of unity, the subjects are a series of small mask-like heads. These are not the carefully produced characters that make up his vast array of vinyl figures, but small, roughy hewn, crudely painted things that the artist sculpted himself. The twist comes from the expert craft and expansive scale of the paintings. To see those spontaneous lumps turned into carefully composed geometric images with months of meticulous paint application going into their creation is quite surreal. The original sculptures will be displayed (and sold) along with the paintings. Thus the title of the show. But the title also refers to the growth that Tim Biskup has gone through over the last 10 years. Both in his work and in his life. It seemed at one point that we would never see characters popping up in his work again, but now he’s gone back to his roots to re-examine and re-invent his past. What he’s come up with is a refined, elegant and mature version of his former state.

Tim Biskup (b. Santa Monica, CA. 1967- ) was born and raised in Southern California where he lives and works to this day. From his early years going to punk rock shows and Disneyland in equal parts he was more concerned with his own aesthetic vision than with fitting in. His rejection of a traditional art education (He left Otis in 1988 after two tumultuous years) is further evidence of his commitment to his unique path. He pursued his technical training through years of work in the illustration, animation and graphic design industries. When he finally reached out into the fine art world, it was not through any gallery, but by creating his own series of live art auctions (The Burning Brush Art Auctions, 1999-2002), a novel move that launched not only his own career as a fine artist, but the careers of several other previously unknown painters. What has followed are a string of sold-out (and nearly sold-out) gallery exhibitions and inclusion in several high-profile museum shows throughout the world. Long recognized for his complex color and design theories and a decidedly populist aesthetic, Biskup has amassed a cadre of loyal fans and collectors, propelled further by his steady output of limited edition prints, vinyl figures, books, records and other objects. With recent forays into the writing of theoretical text, and performance art he seems determined to remind his audience that he has a lot on his mind. His theories and actions are at times light-hearted and even funny, but can tend toward nihilism, anarchy and revolutionary idealism, matching the visual intensity of his paintings, sculptures and prints.


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