The two-dimensional picture plane of painting has shifted from a standardized formal element to a pattern of behavior. Through executing what is most important to my practice, I encourage the viewer to focus on the structure, where I use traditional canvas-building techniques. A majority of the formal elements are made during the canvas creation stage, before I ever put a brushstroke to the surface. The end result emphasizes sculptural forms and explores the parallel nature of painting and sculpture.
A deep respect for craftsmanship manifests itself throughout the process. Each work starts with a reductive language of basic design principles to create graphic compositions. The volumes of the canvas and the surrounding space are used as chiseling tools to give an understanding of line, shadow, and form. My work allows the audience to visualize the environment, as well as to consider how the surface of a plane and the edge and interior of a canvas can all create an important avenue for discovering and uncovering.
Tim Kent (United States, b. 1991) received a BFA in Painting from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA, in 2014. Kent’s work has been featured in New American Paintings, and in group exhibitions at Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and The Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. His first solo exhibition was in Manhattan, New York, at Classic Car Club Manhattan, 2013. Kent most recently exhibited in solo show, Lavish Pigment: Chroma, at Kai Lin Art, Atlanta, GA, 2016. He has also exhibited works in several group exhibitions in the Southeast. In 2014, Kent completed a studio assistant position with artist Will Penny, in which he helped create several SCADpad projects for Savannah College of Art and Design. Currently, Kent is creating new work in his Atlanta based studio and woodshop.