until 16.06. | #1978ARTatBerlin | Blain|Southern Berlin shows from 28th April 2018 the exhibition “a dream of” with new works by the artist Liliane Tomasko.
Liliane Tomasko presents new paintings for a dream of, her first exhibition with Blain|Southern. The exhibition title is a recurring refrain in the titles of works, such as a dream of: Violence Redefined, a dream of: Terrible Beauty and a dream of: Rapture Unleashed. Rather than outline a narrative, the titles attempt to describe the emotions triggered by Tomasko’s dreams. The new group of paintings shows the artist coming to terms with her own unconscious, evoked in broad patches and fibrous strands of pigment. ‘Dreams are not allegory’, writes Tomasko. ‘They are much more a reality with its own independent matrix, where the known and familiar come up against elements that are weird and unsettling. This combination can produce a kind of a suspense, a heightened sense of the present and it is this state of alertness that I am interested in exploring.’
The paintings in a dream of developed from dreams that embedded themselves deeply in the artist’s memory because they were so visceral and affecting. She draws on a repeated dream of flying, in the sweeping, boldly-coloured stokes that make up a dream of: Rapture Unleashed. The muted tones and divergent, erratic lines in a dream of: Unstoppable Growth references simultaneous sensations of both disgust and elation after dreaming that plants were multiplying uncontrollably between her teeth. All of the paintings invite the viewer to compare the declarative title to the open-endedness of the painting, and to interpret each work, which the artist calls ‘a space for uncertainty’, as if in a reverie of their own.
As she begins to paint, Tomasko chooses her palette based on memories of light and sensation. A background structure in dark spray paint provides a base note or mood, while subsequent layers of colour offer notes of harmony or discord. The veils of colour and underlying black structure interact in a sensual way, which can be soft and conciliatory, or marked by rupture and abrupt shifts in tone. Whether working in monochrome or a wide spectrum of colour, Tomasko’s layers of acrylic paint fade in and out of prominence much like the memories and emotions that sit at different levels within our consciousness.
Divided into one gallery of mostly large-scale colourful and expressive paintings, and a room with monochrome or darker works, a dream of sees Tomasko working with a confidence and openness, offering vibrant abstractions that provoke a range of conscious and unconscious thoughts. Giving herself license to push into new territories, she still considers the domestic sphere – and the image of the unmade bed, the place of dreams – as a catalyst for her paintings, and where we spend the majority of our unconscious lives.
About the artist
Liliane Tomasko (b. 1967 Zurich, CH) studied fine art in London, at Camberwell, Chelsea and the RA and has since been based between in Germany, Spain and New York. Working now predominately in New York, she also has a studio in Berlin.
Tomasko’s work is found in public and private collections worldwide, including: Bank Vontobel AG, Zurich, CH; Hilti Art Foundation, Schaan, LI; Hôtel des Arts, Centre Méditerranéen D’Art, Toulon, FR; Hugh Lane Gallery, Dublin, IE; IVAM-Institut Valencia d’Art Modern, Valencia, ES; K20 K21 Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen, Düsseldorf, DE; Kunstmuseum Bern, Bern, CH; Lowe Art Museum, Miami, US; Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich, DE; Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich, DE; Try-Me Collection, Richmond, Virginia, US; VMFA Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia, US
Private View: Friday, 27. April 2018, 6 – 9 pm
Exhibition period: Saturday, 28. April bis Saturday, 16. June 2018
Gallery Weekend opening times:
Saturday 28 April 2018, 11-7pm
Sunday 29 April 2018, 11-7pm
Bildunterschrift: Liliane Tomasko, a dream of: Violence Redefined, 2018
Courtesy the artist and Blain|Southern, Photo: Brian Buckley
Exhibition Liliane Tomasko – a dream of – Blain Southern | Contemporary Art – art in Berlin – ART at Berlin