Gray Contemporary presents John Tallman: Not For Pleasure Alone, Objects 2007-2015 opening reception

John Tallman / Grutto
John Tallman, Grutto, 2015, pigmented urethane plastic, 6” x 6” x 4” Photo by John Tallman

John Tallman’s first solo exhibition at Gray Contemporary is a collection of sculptural objects dating from 2007-2015. The title, Not For Pleasure Alone, refers to the text that appears at the beginning of Ingmar Bergman’s lush masterpiece 1982 Fanny and Alexander.

The artist works with pigmented urethane casting resins that are poured into molds or over pieces of wood. Sometimes the molds are made from models and sometimes makeshift cavities are used. For the resins to set, two parts are mixed together and a chemical reaction must take place that is subject to various atmospheric conditions. Therefore, there is always an element of chance involved, where the liquid seeks its own level and then it cures. John is interested in exploring the effects of light and space on a variety of colors, surfaces and objects and whether the viewer experience can point to meaningful realizations.

Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on display through February 13.

Event Details


1.16.16 | 5:00 pm


Gray Contemporary
3508 Lake St.
Houston, TX 77098


Ticket Info

Admission is free.