Friday, May 31, 2013

TED KINCAID at Talley Dunn Gallery

SummerClouds repost where I wrote . . .

Talley Dunn Gallery's front gallery is filled with the work of canonized artist Jasper Johns, but I propose that art historians and art world clergy should begin to consider another artist showing at Talley Dunn. Ted Kincaid pushes the limits of what makes a photograph a photograph. His digital constructions blur the lines between painting and photography and you begin to question what is real and what he has invented.

From the start, I was mystified by Ted Kincaid’s images. I remember first encountering his clouds at Barry Whistler Gallery many years ago. I had just moved to Dallas, Texas from Kentucky and I was struck by the big skies, dramatic clouds, and the speed of city life. Here was an artist that summed up my experience. His clear use of digital processes connects to the generation that grew up with pixilation, and Kincaid isn’t pulling out nostalgic images from 80’s video games, but he is originating his imagery.

I have enjoyed his cloud iteration experiments over the years, but he seems to think these works give the feeling of the cloud being carried even faster off the canvas. Kincaid’s clouds are so iconic, like Jasper Johns’ targets that these works will cement in our collective minds.

The invented scenes of the moon, ships at sea, and trees look so much like photographs, but he is building the images like a painter might invent a scene. The ships look like vintage photos taken rom another ship, weathered and aged with time, but these were made just recently. Kinkaid has either invented a time machine or his process has distorted reality to make you feel that he has reached into the past. It is a little odd to think you can’t find the original trees he uses in his photos, because they never existed as a single object. So is the tree real, represents Kinkaid’s idea of a tree, maybe a collage, or is this a photo of an imaginary tree? The questions he poses in each work are enough to make Plato’s head explode and Rene Magritte giggles with delight. Kinkaid goes beyond Magritte’s La trahison des images, where Magritte points out that his painting is an image of a pipe and not a pipe. Kinkaid asks what is real and what is not; where does reality begin or end.

Talley Dunn Gallery will feature Ted Kincaid’s show titled “The Terrible Truth/The Beautiful Lie,” which will be up until April 15th. A triumph of photography, well at least I think it is photography. I have seen every solo show he has had in Dallas since 2003, so I can safely say that he is worth following and getting to know. for more images.

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