Littlejohn Contemporary Hosts Timothy Hawkesworth Exhibition, 2/16-3/12
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by BWW News Desk
LittleJohn Contemporary is pleased to present Work That Will Not Wait For You, an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Irish-born Timothy Hawkesworth. The exhibition is Hawkesworth's 7th solo show at LittleJohn Contemporary and will be on view at 529 West 20th Street in New York from February 16 through March 12, 2011.
Timothy Hawkesworth has long made disintegration and death the themes of his vigorous, battered, chaotic, yet deeply touching and humanistic works of art. A gifted writer as well as painter, Hawkesworth has written about how he creates his work, often through a difficult and frustrating process of "making and unmaking" an image. His process includes applying thin layers of wax and pigment, as well as burning.
In the "unmaking" phase, he makes no attempt to erase a mistake or strive for perfection; rather, he digs deeper, with an ever-increasing urgency, to the very core of memory. Hawkesworth doesn't dwell on the tragic aspects of what it means to be human. Instead, he layers his paintings and drawings with his own and communal histories. In so doing, in the words of Aiden Dunne, art critic for Irish Times, "he infuses his historical terrain with tremendous generative potential." (2006)
Hawkesworth is fearless, willing to expose his own vulnerability, frailty, and awkwardness; he demands the same of the viewer. There is little in the way of obvious