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Vivid color, texture, and...UFO's? "Jungle Boogie" opens Saturday, May 21 at Matthew Rachman Gallery

Matthew Rachman

Artists | Ben Tinsley + Walter Fydryck

May 21 - July 10

Exhibition Dates: 5.21.16 - 7.10.2016

Reception: Saturday, May 21, 2016 | 6 - 9pm

Matthew Rachman Gallery | 1659 W Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

 

A neoteric exhibition featuring contemporary artwork by

Ben Tinsley and vintage paintings by Walter Fydryck

Matthew Rachman Gallery is pleased to announce it’s upcoming exhibition, “Jungle Boogie,” featuring abstract works by Chicago artists Ben Tinsley and Walter Fydryck. The gallery will host an opening reception Saturday, May 21 from 6 - 9 pm, at which both artists will be in attendance

“Jungle Boogie” is a carefully curated collection of artwork that is saturated with a rhythm, funk, and soul that embraces color and celebrates life. It's a visual interpretation of those moments when the sun is almost coming up, the clarity just before and just after something truly epic crystallized eternally. The quiet before, and after the storm. These works are meant to lead the viewer on a cultivated, ocular journey to places you’ve never been - and the excitement and inception of the unknown. It’s these moments when truly anything can happen.

Color, light and playfulness can be seen throughout both artists’ works - all deeply rooted in the concept of form and movement. The idea of controlled chaos is one that Fydryck began experimenting with in the late 60’s (when these works were created), and a theme that is equally present in Ben’s contemporary paintings today.

"Trot Trot" 2015 oil + spray paint on canvas, by Ben Tinsley

"Trot Trot" 2015 oil + spray paint on canvas, by Ben Tinsley

“This new body for work reflects my long time interest in landscape and abstract painting. Which at times can cross over to more sculptural or object painting. It’s this internal search for a new space or object that keeps the possibility open and exciting for me as an artist. I use the computer and digital tools to map, construct and compose. One of the exciting challenges is translating digital media into paint. I accomplish this with thick and thin paint, taping, spray which can be used at any given time to help accomplish this effect of layering like in Photoshop."

"Collage has been the major thread that’s woven through this new body of work. I find it refreshing to work on paper. It’s been a very natural and helpful tool to flush out ideas if I’m not quite ready to commit to a painting. I think what I find most interesting about using collage is that it can force me to think about different ways to make a mark or layer, continually posing challenges and obstacles that I hurdle.” - Ben Tinsley

About Ben Tinsley: Ben Tinsley’s work depicts introspective scenes that explore the relationship between real and imagined spaces. Formerly a realistic painter, Tinsley’s work has evolved into gestural abstractions. He draws inspiration from pattern, color studies, and photographic references to fuse seemingly random imagery into unified compositions.

"Elated Vibrations" 1969 oil on canvas vintage painting, by Walter Fydryck

"Elated Vibrations" 1969 oil on canvas vintage painting, by Walter Fydryck

“When I was creating these works in my artistic career, I approached these paintings through sculpture to obtain an unusual mystique. The sculptures were spontaneously assembled using paper and wood. Within a photographic process, I manipulated lighting in search of mysterious shapes and shadows. I transferred this imagery to the canvas via a skeletal drawing. In the painting process, curious formations were enhanced in contrasting hues, to achieve a vibrancy which resulted in it’s own sensibility. I labeled the paintings as Spatial Objectivisms."

Exploring the relationship between real and imagined spaces, I create introspective scenes while revealing moments of the past, envisioning the future, and experiencing the present depicted as a fictitious reality. Within the painting contrasts and layered textures I seek a balance between order and spontaneity and create a pattern out of what appears random.

I’ve been working in a manner where process informs the content of the object and have become interested in the possibility of constructing imagery that might live solely in the painting itself.

I have always been interested in unconventional approaches. This somewhat began with the advent of Rock-n-Roll. Witnessing the birth of a new attitude led me to explore its roots: jazz, blues and country. Seeing how it all was put together influenced my approach to art. I purposely combine different techniques, forcing myself to come up with that something special which allows the techniques to work together." - Walter Fydryck

About Walter Fydryck: Walter received his Associate's Degree from the American Academy of Fine Art and later attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His work has been exhibited in numerous galleries nationwide, and can be found in many private and corporate collections and publications.

The exhibition will run May 21 - July 10, 2016.