Tag: Tinney Contemporary art gallery

Artist Jaq Belcher

posted by – 06/15/13 @ 2:48pm

Among all of the artists we have in the space currently for Shadow and Light, Jaq Belcher is the only one whom we officially represent. Her work, much like her colleague Reni Gower, is focused around the mediative state driven by the act of working with paper in this reductive and repetitive way. To add to this process, Jaq also numbers each and every cut she makes as she cuts them, so that the finished product includes the markers of time within it’s folds. This aspect of her work fits in to her exploration of meditative conscious states. Read more about her on our artist page, linked above. And watch this short clip where Jaq gives a brief tour of her studio and talks about her process.


posted by – 03/24/12 @ 2:37pm

What a loaded term. What does it even mean to be a human being? Is it something corporeal, overdone, or more emotional? We wanted to answer this question, so of course we enlisted the help of Jason Lascu in our newest exhibit: to be human. Lascu has guest curated our exhibition, which will show “figurative” works from James Croak, Christina West, Lyle Carbajal, Eef Barzelay, and Lascu himself.

The human figure has long been a contested subject in art. From Da Vinci’s iconic Vitruvian Man, to tattoo art, we’ve been talking about the human body for as long as we can remember.

But let’s draw your attention to something a little more unusual: the exhibition’s title: to be human…

Do you notice that it’s human, not Human? And the ellipsis, as though being human is an unfinished thought of sorts? Perhaps we are no longer thinking of being a human as this elusive, philosophical question, but rather a quick musing, something that can be contested over morning coffee. Or maybe we’re just getting too wrapped up in the title of the exhibition. Either way, be sure to look out for Lascu’s guest curation at Tinney Contemporary, opening Friday, March 31st!

– TC

Winging It

posted by – 03/01/12 @ 4:54pm


Isn’t it funny how something that is so derivative of spring, beauty, and freedom can morph into an uglier version of itself? We asked ourselves this question when we revisited Sisavanh Phouthavong’s work, Cacophony. We love how Phouthavong takes the image of a hummingbird–a heuristic for spring’s whimsicality–and crafts it into a writhing cyclone of hummingbirds. The vital energy of a hummingbird becomes something chaotic and harried in this work, and Phouthavong does not even justify the title by adding an adjective like “beautiful”–she just leaves it as an unapologetic Cacophony. Perhaps she is showing us that it’s ok to embrace the madness.

– TC

For more of Phouthavong and our other artists’s work, head over to our Artist Page.