Merzbau Gallery
cordially invites you
to the Opening Reception
in the presence of the artist of

Tom Leamon.
Irreverence

On Thursday, March 31, 7 – 9 pm

Merzbau Gallery
2301 N. Miami Ave.
Wynwood Arts District
Miami, Fl. 33127

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Tim Leamon, The Search for The Emerald City, 2013, Acrylic paint and varnish on canvas, 240 X 140 cm.
Tim Leamon, The Search for The Emerald City, 2013, Acrylic paint and varnish on canvas, 240 X 140 cm.

(March 31 – May 27, 2016)

Merzbau Gallery, Miami, in collaboration with Frameless Gallery, London, present IRREVERENCE – Tom Leamon’s first solo exhibition in the United States. On offer is a collection of paintings spanning the last 5 years. Works, which are both thought provoking and playful. They are experiments into the deconstruction of the human form, on both a physical and psychological level.

 

Tim Leamon, Too much grease will break the machine, 2014, Acrylic paint and varnish on canvas, 150 X 130 cm.
Tim Leamon, Too much grease will break the machine, 2014, Acrylic paint and varnish on canvas, 150 X 130 cm.

 

Rooted in mark-making, symbolism, poetry / story-telling and illustration, Leamon’s works often combine meticulous detail with raw abstract painterly gestures.

The artist uses painting as a release, and in a quasi-monastic fashion, Leamon locks himself in his studio for long periods of time, working and reworking the surface of the canvas. With complete freedom and an enduring willingness to explore his impulsive, almost childlike painting techniques represent both playtime and profound meditation.

 

Tim Leamon, The Moment, 2014, Acrylic paint and varnish on canvas, 91 x 122 cm.
Tim Leamon, The Moment, 2014, Acrylic paint and varnish on canvas, 91 x 122 cm.

 

Pixelated faceted figures give a nod to Picasso’s Harlequin. Crowns, poison bottles, and skulls echo Basquiat’s graffiti, while works like The Search for The Emerald City and Mixing the Remedy feel almost like Aztec relics, re-imagined frescoes of a bygone era.

Finding inspiration through his surrealistic and dadaistic roots, the exhibition takes the viewer on a compelling journey into the dark depths of the human psyche, it contorts one’s senses and leaves the viewer with an overwhelming thirst to peal back one more layer of paint and discover more.


 

About MERZBAU GALLERY

Merzbau Gallery is a space dedicated to the study, exhibition, promotion and dissemination of modern and contemporary art. The Gallery carries out an innovative program in the Miami art scene; it seeks to promote diversity in art, as well as an intense cultural exchange. Merzbau represents and exhibits emerging and mid career local and international artists, whose practices range from photography, painting, installation, sculpture, video, and site-specific practices, amongst others.
Frequently guest curators are invited to conceive and organize new and ambitious projects that furthers Merzbau Gallery´s mission of being a space for cultural exchange and novel discourse production.
Merzbau takes its name from the vast architectural/sculptural project of the Dada artist and poet Kurt Schwitters. The Gallery was established in 2015 in the heart of the artistic district of Miami: Wynwood; the space was previously known as Viloria Blanco Gallery.

Merzbau Gallery

2301 N. Miami Ave.
Wynwood Arts District
Miami, Fl. 33127

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11 – 5;
Saturdays by appt.

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