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Hayley Tomkins’ Optical Research

Hayley Tomkins’ Optical Research
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We found the thinking behind the latest work from artist Hayley Tomkins intriguing as it tried to explore into our sub-conscious association with items like our mobile phones.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 24 september 2009

Although we can’t say that we were enamored with the aesthetic of the work of Scottish artist Hayley Tomkins in her show that dwells on modern life and the objects around us, we did find the thinking behind it intriguing as it tried to explore into our sub-conscious association with items like our mobile phones. The press release reads:

For her show at the gallery, ready-made objects such as out-moded mobile phones, candles, fruit peels, and spoons, are combined with paint and elements of color photographs.  Tompkins thinks of the objects systematically as intervals in time and space, ultimately locating their position in-between reality and dream, obsolescence and functionality and old and new. The new works refer to a personal sense of time and matter, which are disconnected and contained.

The installation of hand-painted, technological, and autonomous-looking objects points to a wider attempt by the artist to connect with the objects in the world, finding visual resemblance with human actions such as memory recall, imagination and the effects of the passage of time.

Hayley Tomkins at Andrew Kreps Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, NYC – September 10 – October 17, 2009

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