Timothy Bergstrom – HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY, East Hampton
Born 1984 in Santa Monica, California, USA
In the early 20th century, music epitomized a new standard of what painting could become. Artists sought to endow their canvases with the aesthetic chastity and abstraction of music, in an attempt to create a new "pure painting" language. Their focus was misplaced. While comparing painting to music they began breaking down basic elements, but missed a major issue. Painting is residue and by comparison impure. With 100 years of hindsight, I share a common goal with the artists of a century ago and aim to use sound as a system to generate paintings of a unique language.
By zooming in and breaking down painting’s material and intrinsic elements, I aspire to create a dissonant relationship between painting and music. I look to develop pictures separate from painting's history of representation, Modernism’s flatness and different from that of the photographed or digitally produced image.
Paint = Binder + Pigment
Binder = Glue
Glue + Sound = Glound