Tim McFarlane is a visual artist based in Philadelphia, PA, whose works examine the fluid and contradictory nature of memory and place, with an emphasis on color, multi-layered systems and process. Much of his work is informed by everyday observations of the visual impact of human activity on the built environments of his native Philadelphia and elsewhere. While most of his output focuses on painting, McFarlane’s practice also includes printmaking, photography, digital art and site-specific installations.
Tim is a 1994 Temple University/Tyler School of Art graduate who has exhibited his work extensively in the U.S. and has been featured in major art fairs in New York, Miami, Dallas and San Francisco. His academic life has included being a visiting artist/lecturer and artist in residence at the elementary school through college levels, as well as teaching briefly at the Tyler School of Art & Architecture. Tim McFarlane’s paintings and works on paper reside in numerous private and public collections such as Bucknell University, Fox School of Business (Temple University) and West Virginia University. His work is represented by the Bridgette Mayer Gallery in Philadelphia, PA and ParisTexas LA in Los Angeles, CA.
The fluid, inconsistent space of memory influenced by time, ongoing changes to man-‐made environments and human communication forms the foundation of content for my paintings and works on paper. My work is most informed by personal observations of human-‐driven changes like the ongoing remaking of public and personal spaces. The subject of my curiosity is the residual by-‐products of human activity seen in the remnants of old buildings at construction sites, random once-‐cherished belongings found on the street entangled with other detritus, public spaces changed through continual use and anonymous but public mark-‐making, like graffiti (and the resulting patterns left by the erasure (buffing) of graffiti). There is always evidence of a story of some kind to be found in these dislocated fragments of human life. By merging aspects of my lived experience, observations of changes occurring around me and imagined scenarios, I make non-‐objective work that reflects broad experiences of life and memory.
My works emphasize multi-‐layered systems, color (chromatic and gray scale) and process. In my paintings, overlapping forms and fractured spaces alternately support, negate and influence each other, mirroring events in everyday life. Shifts in formal relationships between layers, marks, color, and space, subtle and overt, contribute to the overall visual narrative in my work. My paintings and works on paper feature open and opaque layers that incorporate various modes of mark making including: direct painting, drawing, image transfers, stenciling and collage. My process relies on a sense of interdependence and chance happenings, which allows for multiple meanings in my work that can be explored by the viewer.
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