ARTIST SPOTLIGHT | Timothy Tompkins


Location: Creative Arts Center
1560 Manhattan Beach Boulevard
Manhattan Beach, California 90266

ARTS Manhattan Presents: Super Collider
Artist: Timothy Tompkins
Exhibition Dates: November 14, 2013 through January 16, 2014

ARTS Manhattan is pleased to present Super Collider, a series of new paintings by Los Angeles artist Timothy Tompkins. The Super Collider series of paintings depict abstracted images of the internal components of the Large Hadron Collider located near Geneva, Switzerland. Intrigued by the form and representation of the object and its relationship to exploration, science and philosophy, Tompkins’s ethereal paintings evoke the language of Gothic architecture connecting contemporary theories of physics with timeless concepts of the human condition and spirituality.

The inspiration for Timothy Tompkins’s paintings stems from an interest of and engagement with the tropes and language of the medium’s historical movements such as pop, still life and history painting. Tompkins’s ideas about art-making express a combination of concepts: the material nature of painting and how the viewer perceives its surface, the history of painting as a medium, abstraction, memory, representation and technology. Using commercial sign enamel, Tompkins’s paintings are executed on 1/8 inch thick aluminum panels. He manipulates the liquid state of the paint to make more evident the traced contours of the image and form. This quality gives a transitory effect to the piece, as if the image is still manifesting.