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Daniel Tierney

The Best Laid Plans are Made in Ruin

Mar 06 - Apr 06, 2010

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press release



DANIEL TIERNEY: “The best laid plans are made in ruin”



MARCH 6 - APRIL 3, 2010
Opening Reception: March 6, 6-9 Pm

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is very pleased to present the inaugural exhibition of our new gallery at Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, California, with an exhibition of new paintings by DANIEL TIERNEY, titled “The best laid plans are made in ruin”. The exhibition will be on view from March 6th through April 3rd, 2010. An opening reception in honor of Mr. Tierney and our new location will be held on Saturday, March 6th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Daniel Tierney’s work ranges from paintings on canvas to small and large-scale drawings, photography, mixed-media sculpture, collage, and installation. Employing a method of image and object production driven by repetition, mutation and distortion, his work often conflates prior works through new media, reveling in a persistent emergence. The new paintings in “The best laid plans are made in ruin” continue this solipsistic relationship, offering a number of possibilities through which to enter and navigate the interstices of painting. As the title of the exhibition suggests, these paintings emerge from a site of ruins: the landscaped yard, the family den, golf courses, and exhibition halls. In this site, virtual space is broken down into painting, painting is broken down into sculpture, sculpture is broken down into photography, photography is broken down into jpeg, jpeg is built into image, image is built into architecture, and architecture is flattened back out to a screen. With a visual language rooted in film, video games, and haptic technology, Daniel Tierney’s free-wheeling and bold experiments with color, abstraction, line, and surface venture a highly localized relationship with pictorial space and the possibilities of painting’s future.

Contemplating this new body of work, Tierney says:

“The paintings surface, the color, the filth of it all. A brush so light it is made of air, full of gesture but less weight. I wanted to double jump my own taste, my own assumptions and expectations related to the studio—not as a refutation or counterpoint but as an attempt to make work that was totally unaware of its precedent. I am interested in the existence of simultaneous and multiple worlds and realities as an experience that often floats to the surface and is cultivated by the relentless exposure to time and space.”

Daniel Tierney (b. 1977) is a San Francisco-based artist and a graduate of the Art Institute of San Francisco (MFA, 2004) and the Cleveland Institute of Art (BFA, 2001). He attended Newcastle University (1999-2000) in Newcastle, England, and, in 2005, was artist-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA, and the Kala Art Institute in Berkeley, CA. He has presented solo exhibitions at Stephen Wolf Fine Arts, San Francisco, Mills College Art Museum, Ping Pong Gallery (SF), California College of the Arts (SF) and the Headlands Center for the Arts, among other venues. His work has received critical reviews in Artforum, The San Francisco Bay Guardian, Artweek, and Art Ltd. In 2009, he was featured in “United States of Color vs. Grand Theft Auto”, a four-person show at Luis De Jesus Seminal Projects (San Diego). This will be Daniel Tierney’s first solo exhibition in Los Angeles.

In the adjunct space, the Gallery will present new digital, light, and photo-based works by David Adey, Lael Corbin, Brian Dick, Laurel Nakadate, Jason Sherry, Federico Solmi, and Claude Zervas.

Luis De Jesus Los Angeles is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For further information, including hi-res visuals, please contact Luis De Jesus at 858-205-3739.