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Carol Mode | Sequences


January 6th - February 10th, 2018
Opening Reception: January 6th, 6-9pm during the First Saturday Art Crawl Downtown


Tinney Contemporary is pleased to present Sequences, an exhibition of new work by Nashville based artist Carol Mode. This exhibition presents a central theme of Mode’s work, illustrating a process of developing abstract paintings aimed at solving problems of design and color interactions within sequences.  While each work stands alone, together they offer a testimonial to my working process. As a seminal piece begins to emerge, Mode enters a ‘zone’ where possibilities multiply and alternative solutions present themselves. Choice after choice leads her to explore ever-more complex actions and outcomes, so that the process itself becomes a challenging tool for new discoveries.

All through Carol Mode’s long career as a painter, she has observed a culture where “the suspension of disbelief” is called for as one is seeking personal authenticity.  Mode’s own inclination is to seek an ‘unsafe path’ – one that challenges the idea that an earlier series of familiar perceptions can continue to be reliable.  It has led her into uncharted territory, where the freedom to re-invent a process has itself become a powerful tool for  discovery (as well as the means to share in the excitement of wrapping oneself within a private, creative world).
At the heart of Mode’s experimentation with ideas behind ‘sequence formations’ there were complex choices that diverged over time and had to be reconciled.  One linkage came together between Blue Origins and Spring to Green with their sweeping reminders of emergent forces in nature; another sequence evolved into Shape Shifting, where a virtual triptych comes about using geometric forms “stretched out” in pursuit of color closure and  proportional relativity.   This range of expectations expressed here goes from a synthesis of pure planarity in Construct to individual concept pieces (small acrylic studies) showing Mode’s aspirations.