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Tim Hussey: True Story at LAUNCH LA

March 5, 2014 by Megan Koester in Upcoming Events with 0 Comments

LAUNCH Gallery is proud to present True Story, a new solo exhibition by Tim Hussey. True Story represents a further evolution of Hussey’s artistry–it is an ephemeral place in the life of an artist dedicated to continuously exploring new territory. An opening reception for the exhibition, which runs through March 29th, will take place from 6 to 8PM on Saturday, March 8th. RSVPing for the reception is essential, as a guest list will be at the door. Email rsvp@launchla.org to RSVP.

Tim Hussey

To Hussey, the paintings in this exhibition are a means of giving release to the unconscious, the feelings and instincts that exist beyond the realm of understanding. There is no initial plan, or elaborate drafting process; it all begins with the first brush stroke. Wherever he is compelled to go from there, he follows unquestioningly. “I work mostly from my gut–and behind any gut response is a collected library of past lessons, avoidances, desires, instincts, stories and philosophical and spiritual belief systems” he explains. “The main goal when I paint is to avoid direct narratives, any imagery (however abstract) that I don’t feel as ‘the truth'”. What ends up on the canvas is unfiltered and raw, without any recasting of experiences or emotions through self-conscious or analytical thought.

Tim Hussey

Hussey’s images are often quite dark and brooding despite an abundance of white space. Hussey’s choice of color contributes to this–his palette is reminiscent of Egon Schiele; muted pigments that give an impression of impermanence and decay. Nothing on the canvas is sacred either. Layers are often wounded by palette knives to reveal yellowed newsprint and scraps of discarded diaries beneath. Bright smears of green, yellow and red offer some reprieve from the darkness. Titles rife with puns also lend his work with a humorous edge. Though in the past Hussey experimented with non-permanent materials, such as spare pieces of wood, glass and the type of utilitarian paints one might use to paint a barn or tractor with, this series marks a shift towards archival quality materials. This may reflect that Hussey has found a style he feels comfortable and confident in – but on the other hand, with this artists work, things are always liable to change and progress in new direct ions. Stagnation is not an option.

Tim Hussey

There is no image in Hussey’s head which he strives to extract and bring to the canvas, if anything, the opposite is true. Of his process, Hussey says: “What I include is much less important than what I exclude”. The less he consciously constructs, the more the truly abstract is free to surface. Practically no attempt is made to give the mess of paint sense or structure – this work Hussey leaves up to the viewer.

Tim Hussey

“I stick to stories without a beginning or an end. Life feels that way to me–a story you fade into and then fade back out of, without much explanation”.

LAUNCH Gallery
170 S. La Brea Ave., 2nd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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