May 16th, 2011

127 Tompkins Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
HOURS: Fri – Sat 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Sean Montgomery/Blade Wynne: Hinterland Who’s Who

Saturday, May 21st- Saturday, June 25th
Opening: Friday, May 20th, from 6 – 10pm

“The natural forms (weather, smoke, clouds, mud) and rustic symbols (cowboy boots, plaid, beer labels) are all depicted in a mild stage of transition. Forms are expanding or contracting, absorbing and radiating energy. It results in a look that is lo-fi and loose, skittering along and psychedelic. I make some warped garagey sort of paintings. Blade Wynne depicts the melting puddle of his own mental landscapes. Sort of like Charles Burchfield, if he lived out of a shack and mixed his gouaches with hallucinogens. Or Paul Thek, if he grew up a feral child.

Geometry is distorted, and as a result, everything sort of oozes and lumbers along. This is the exact kind of stuff I’m always hoping to stumble across when I get word of a bunch of paintings found stuffed in a box someone unexpectedly stumbled across. Like the forgotten off-cuts of some long-dead formalist master, getting crusty up in some crazy old relative’s barn.”
-Sean Montgomery

Blade Wynne and Sean Montgomery are both painters. They make abstract work that is quick and to the point, paintings that are nearly as much about the act of painting as they are about any other  subjects at hand.  Their works are abstract, dealing with imagery relating to the countryside and being a “dude”.  One might hypothesize that the ideal home for these paintings is the home of a 35 year old who drives a pickup truck, drinks beer and wears plaid shirts.  They might be right.

Wynne has recently been working on a series of tire drawings, using a combination of observation, memory and a type of fictionalized-memory: filling in the blank spots of his recollections when they undoubtedly arise.  Montgomery is known for simplifying his paintings of everyday items, stripping away all the unneeded details until something else seem to emerge.  His quick and unrefined simplified renderings, though minimal seem to ooze masculinity.

These are 2 painters that make great paintings and Tompkins Projects is glad to be showing their work this month.  With over 60 paintings in the show, there’s plenty to take in by these 2 artists.


Sean Montgomery is an artist from Edmonton, Alberta, who currently lives and works in Ithaca, New York.  He holds a BFA from the University of Alberta and a MFA from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.  His works are found in private collections across Canada and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.  Recent exhibitions include Black & Yellow Gallery (Vancouver, Canada), Laroche/Joncas (Montreal, Canada) and the Olive Tjaden Gallery at Cornell University (Ithaca, New York).

Blade Wynne is an artist from West Glocester, Rhode Island who currently lives and works in Chesapeake, Virginia.  He holds a BFA from the Pratt Institute and a MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.  Recent exhibitions include The Museum of Public Fiction (Los Angeles, California), The Lab (San Francisco, California) and Roots & Culture (Chicago, Illinois).  Wynne also is participating in New Prints 2011/Summer, an upcoming exhibition at the International Print Center New York, opening June 9th.

TOMPKINS PROJECTS is a contemporary art gallery showcasing compelling work by emerging and mid-career artists. The gallery is located near the G and JMZ trains as well as the B54 and B43 bus lines. It is street level and handicap-accessible. It is located in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, and was founded by artists Milton F Stevenson V and Jeanne Jo in 2009.

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