What is Painting? What is Sculpture? What is Installation? The artist Tim Ralston is continually experimenting with the inter-disciplinary nature of contemporary art. His ephemeral, architecturally scaled, site-responsive paintings intervene and slice through the spaces they temporarily inhabit.
Ralston’s artworks are concerned with our connection to the landscape, and the specious nature of landscape as seen throughout art history. Within the confined parameters of this genre the artist makes work that examines what landscape painting can be. The traditional understanding of landscape is turned on its head, there is no ostensible depiction of nature in the works but rather they are an abstraction of the landscape; a visual realisation of his energetic relationship and response to an environment - informed by the politics of green space within the urban environment and how nature may be reintroduced into an existing architectural framework.
Ralston’s immersive paintings deconstruct the medium to its constituent parts, focusing on the support and surface. Experienced in the construction of painting panels he lets the rules inherent in this aspect of the practice inform the aesthetics. Viewed in the round the paintings become three-dimensional objects, challenging our perception of painting and the classic landscape genre.
For his exhibition at The Foundry Gallery, Ralston will be carving the space in two with a floor to ceiling constructed painting intervention which he has developed in his studio in Portugal – PADA, which he set up in 2018 with Diana Cerezino in a derelict industrial park in Lisbon (www.padastudios.com)
Within this exhibition Ralston is also showing new smaller works, paintings that follow these construction principles. Translating an ephemeral practice in to something constant has brought new challenges overcome by a willingness to embrace the raw energy of the process where his interventions exist “somewhere between painting and sculpture” (2) Ralston challenges our very understanding of landscape both as an actuality and as an abstract concept, their temporality a quiet nod to the transient nature of landscape.
1 Artsy Editors (2015). On the Importance of Donald Judd [Article]. http://www.artsy.com/URL
2 Artsy Editors (2015). On the Importance of Donald Judd [ Article]. http://www.artsy.com/URL
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