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Gray Contemporary presents John Tallman: "Paintings from a Room" opening day

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Image courtesy of John Tallman

In 2020 the world changed. Through a devastating pandemic, the effect of which was shared by virtually everyone on the the planet, the result for many people was an unprecedented isolation. A shrinking of their previous world.

In John Tallman’s exhibition, “Paintings From A Room,” the artist attempts to come to grips with that new reality. Or at least try to make some peace with it by finding inspiration in the small things of our everyday lives. Interiors, simple shapes, stark shadows, a fundamental color palette. Painted with care and careful observation. All of the work was completed in the former dining room in the artist’s home, converted into a studio.

The title of the exhibition is also a nod to the the Leonard Cohen album, Songs from a Room, which was recorded by Cohen in October 1968 in Tallman’s current home of Nashville. The austere compositions in this exhibition echo the stripped-down approach found in the songs from Cohen’s album. The year 2020, as well as 1968, was a time of turmoil and social upheaval. Some artists attempt to look outward as a response. Tallman has searched more inward and has found light and joy in things that are close and that one can touch.

The exhibition will remain on display through May 15.

In 2020 the world changed. Through a devastating pandemic, the effect of which was shared by virtually everyone on the the planet, the result for many people was an unprecedented isolation. A shrinking of their previous world.

In John Tallman’s exhibition, “Paintings From A Room,” the artist attempts to come to grips with that new reality. Or at least try to make some peace with it by finding inspiration in the small things of our everyday lives. Interiors, simple shapes, stark shadows, a fundamental color palette. Painted with care and careful observation. All of the work was completed in the former dining room in the artist’s home, converted into a studio.

The title of the exhibition is also a nod to the the Leonard Cohen album, Songs from a Room, which was recorded by Cohen in October 1968 in Tallman’s current home of Nashville. The austere compositions in this exhibition echo the stripped-down approach found in the songs from Cohen’s album. The year 2020, as well as 1968, was a time of turmoil and social upheaval. Some artists attempt to look outward as a response. Tallman has searched more inward and has found light and joy in things that are close and that one can touch.

The exhibition will remain on display through May 15.

In 2020 the world changed. Through a devastating pandemic, the effect of which was shared by virtually everyone on the the planet, the result for many people was an unprecedented isolation. A shrinking of their previous world.

In John Tallman’s exhibition, “Paintings From A Room,” the artist attempts to come to grips with that new reality. Or at least try to make some peace with it by finding inspiration in the small things of our everyday lives. Interiors, simple shapes, stark shadows, a fundamental color palette. Painted with care and careful observation. All of the work was completed in the former dining room in the artist’s home, converted into a studio.

The title of the exhibition is also a nod to the the Leonard Cohen album, Songs from a Room, which was recorded by Cohen in October 1968 in Tallman’s current home of Nashville. The austere compositions in this exhibition echo the stripped-down approach found in the songs from Cohen’s album. The year 2020, as well as 1968, was a time of turmoil and social upheaval. Some artists attempt to look outward as a response. Tallman has searched more inward and has found light and joy in things that are close and that one can touch.

The exhibition will remain on display through May 15.

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WHERE

Gray Contemporary
3508 Lake St.
Houston, TX 77098
https://www.graycontemporary.com/

TICKET INFO

Admission is free.
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