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  Tom Leaver
September 10 - October 9, 2010
 

 
Tom Leaver has been creating nearly abstract landscapes for years, as a means of exploring the process of painting. His range of vistas includes luminous, sylvan settings and brooding, minimal horizons. The images do not correspond to actual locations. Instead, Leaver works directly from his imagination in an immediate and intuitive manner, applying paint with gloved hands in favor of brushes. Each painting is built up in layers over time, with fortuitous drips and runs incorporated, and areas partially dissolved with turpentine. In the end, the composition emerges from the interaction of the multiple layers.
 
Leaver’s current body of work continues to reflect his interest in process and in “…the idea of a tacit image …why a blotch or drip which doesn’t look like a place can feel like one.” The ambiguous marks in these paintings coalesce into verdant, overgrown structures steeped in a vaporous atmosphere. The scenes elicit shifting memories of long-faded summer afternoons waning into evening, of quiet clearings deep in the woods, or the intimate details of a garden. Upon closer inspection the effect soon varies, and the images begin to dissolve once more into abstractions of dabbed and scumbled paint, only to converge again in the form of fleeting recollections.
 
Leaver’s specific influences for this show include Martin Johnson Heade’s 1871 painting Cattleya Orchid with Hummingbirds, fireflies in the humid South, and the work of Takagi Masakatsu, a Japanese electronic musician. However, his narrative inspirations as well as the viewers’ specific associations are less important to him than the manipulations he uses to create the work. In addition to his mark-making system, scale is of particular concern in this show. Along with larger paintings on both canvas and panel, over thirty 6 x 4 inch works on paper will be included—a new size and substrate for the artist. They are not sketches for larger paintings, but complete works that Leaver equates with snapshots, and allow the viewer a different approach to the images and actual presence of his painting technique. For Leaver, art is inseparable from the state of mind achieved during its creation, and from the immersive loss of self in a physical and spiritual process.
 
 
Sun is in the Moon, 2010
Oil on canvas
59 x 47 inches

Where to Now, St. Peter? After E. John, 2010
Oil on canvas
64 x 54 inches

Every Thing Under the Sun, 2010
Oil on canvas
59 x 47 inches
 
Sakura II, 2010
Oil on wood
24 x 18 inches

Sakura I, 2010
Oil on wood
24 x 18 inches

La Noyade I, 2010
Oil on wood
12 x 9 inches
 
La Noyade II, 2010
Oil on wood
12 x 9 inches

Discreet Music I, 2010
Oil on wood
12 x 10 inches

Discreet Music II, 2010
Oil on wood
12 x 10 inches
 
Discreet Music III, 2010
Oil on wood
12 x 10 inches

Fullness of Wind (After Eno), 2010
Oil on wood
10 x 8 inches

Brutal Ardour (After Eno), 2010
Oil on wood
10 x 8 inches
 
French Catalogues (After Eno), 2010
Oil on wood
10 x 8 inches

Refrain 28, 2010
Oil on gessoed paper
6 x 4 inches

Refrain 3, 2010
Oil on gessoed paper
6 x 4 inches
 
Refrain 6, 2010
Oil on gessoed paper
6 x 4 inches

Refrain 21, 2010
Oil on gessoed paper
6 x 4 inches

Refrain 20, 2010
Oil on gessoed paper
6 x 4 inches
 
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