Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Post Dogmatist Paintings #523 and 524

Post Dogmatist Painting #523 - paper and acrylic on canvas - 36x36

Post Dogmatist Painting #524 - paper and acrylic on canvas - 48x48
This painting made for the December/January Exhibition "Reduced to Silence: The Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon at Quintenz and Company Fine Art in Aspen, Colorado

Reduced to Silence: The Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon December 5, 2011 – January 29, 2012





Touchon’s current exhibition explores the boundaries between art and poetry through intimate paper collages and paintings composed of bits of lettering and the spaces between them. Touchon’s non-objective poetic abstractions free words and letters from their service as carriers of meaning and let their forms communicate from a dignified silence in the primal language of visual art. Stripped of literary meaning, these works rely on composition, rhythm and visual movement to convey what is ambiguous and intuitive. Many of these works are constructed from distressed street posters and bill boards found in places such as Mexico City, Paris, and Berlin.
Found materials are distilled and re-contextualized as shapes, lines, and colors through a calibrated use of chance aesthetics. In his hallmark works known as typographical abstractions, pieces of letters and words, once recognizable bearers of meaning, take on a new, purely visually meaning as they are transformed into a design of integral unity. The result of this manipulation is a visual language of poetic beauty, which celebrates the true essence of Touchon’s oeuvre.
These works are an exploration of a classic modernist philosophical issue that dates back to the dawn of modern painterly concerns: non-objectivity and its relationship to the world of language and poetry. One discovers a musicality in these works that conveys an intellectual and artistic rigor giving expression to that realm where words and their meanings fall away, and only the eye looks on in a hushed silence.
Born in Austin, Texas Touchon attended North Texas State University and the University of Texas at Arlington. This highly acclaimed artist has exhibited in galleries and museums in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Fe, Boston, Houston, Miami, St. Louis, and Atlanta. His international exhibitions include venues in Paris, Amsterdam, Berlin, Mexico, England, and Italy where he participated in the Venice Biennial in 2001 and 2009. Touchon’s work appears in the collections of several major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, and the Tate Modern in London. His works are found in many corporate collections including those of IBM, HBO, American Airlines, American Express, Citibank, Delta Airlines, Las Vegas’ Bellagio Hotel, New York City's Waldorf Astoria, Neiman Marcus, Hallmark, and the Sanyo Corporation. Touchon is the founder and director of the International Museum of Collage, Assemblage and Construction and co-founder of the International Post-Dogmatist Group. His work has been seen in dozens of national magazines, design books, and scholarly publications. His art has been used in several movies including: Everybody's Fine (2009), Breaking Dawn (2011), Man on a Ledge (2012) and The Wedding (2012)

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Two Works for the Waldorf Astoria

Fusion Series #3146 - 2011 - collage and acrylic on paper - 18x12 inches

Fusion Series #1917 - 2003 - collage and acrylic on paper - 12x9 inches
These two works to be used at the Waldorf Astoria in NYC.
Via William Campbell Contemporary Art in Fort Worth, Texas

Post Dogmatist Painting #529

Post Dogmatist Painting #529 - collage and acrylic on birch panel - 72x48 inches 
 This painting made for the December/January Exhibition "Reduced to Silence: The Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon at Quintenz and Company Fine Art in Aspen, Colorado

based on the 2008 collage Fusion Series #2507

Post Dogmatist Painting #528

Post Dogmatist Painting #528 - acrylic on canvas - 48x36 inches -  based on the 1999 collage: Fusion Series #1444 (below)
This painting made for the December/January Exhibition "Reduced to Silence: The Typographic Abstractions of Cecil Touchon at Quintenz and Company Fine Art in Aspen, Colorado
 

Fusion Series #s 3155-3159

Fusion Series #3155 - collage with prepared papers on paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3156 - collage with prepared papers on paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3157 - collage with prepared papers on paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3158 - collage with prepared papers on paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3159 - collage with prepared papers on paper - 9x7 inches
Several of this type (Iberian Variations) from the last few postings will be used in Banana Republic Stores in SF and NYC.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

FS3154CT11

FS3154CT11 - 20X30 inches - typographic abstraction
This work made for a client of Emily Amy Gallery

Iberian Variations

FS3150CT11 - 9x7 inches

FS3151CT11 - 9x7 inches

FS3152CT11 - 9x7 inches

FS3153CT11 - 9x7 inches

FS3147CT11 - 9x7 inches

FS3148CT11 - 9x7 inches

FS3149CT11 - 9x7 inches

Friday, November 25, 2011

Fusion Series #s 3136-3138

Fusion Series #3136 - collage on paper - 18x12 inches

Fusion Series #3137 - collage on paper - 18x12 inches

Fusion Series #3138 - collage on paper - 18x12 inches
These works prepared for Sears Peyton Gallery

Fusion Series #3133-3135

Fusion Series #3133 - collage on paper - 36x30 inches

Fusion Series #3134 - collage on paper - 36x30 inches

Fusion Series #3135 - collage on paper - 36x30 inches
These three works were made for Sears Peyton Gallery

Fusion Series #s 3139-3145

Fusion Series #3139 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3140 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3141 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3142 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3143 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3144 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches

Fusion Series #3145 - Collage on Paper - 9x7 inches
collages from the Iberian Variations Suite ongoing since 1986. I started this series many years ago and every now and then add more works to this group. These are 'constructed' gestures. The papers are prepared by painting on large sheets of paper and then later cutting them up and using the material to make collages. This allows me to carefully edit the gestural markings.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Post-Dogmatist Paintings #s 530, 531, 532

PDP530CT11 - 40x30 inches - collage on canvas

PDP531CT11 - 24x36 inches - collage on canvas

PDP532CT11 - 24x36 inches - collage on canvas
Three works for Robert Fontaine Gallery for Art Basel in Miami (installation below)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cecil Touchon art in the Twilight Saga Movie "Breaking Dawn"

 Post Dogmatist Painting #326 - 2007 - 40x30 inches - Acrylic on Canvas
 Post Dogmatist Painting #327 - 2007 - 40x30 inches - Acrylic on Canvas
In our little town there is only one theater that plays one movie per week, The Liberty Theater as been in this town since 1919. This week's movie is Breaking Dawn. I had heard that I would have some art on the set of the movie Breaking Dawn so I took my daughter Noor-un-Nisa to see the movie this evening. I wasn't sure what art of mine was used so I kept my eyes pealed. You never know what scenes are going to make it past the editing room so I wasn't even sure I would be able to see it. About midway through the movie however the two paintings above have a nice little cameo (at aprox 1h.17m into the movie).
Before the movie started there was a trailer for another movie called "Man on a Ledge" which, interestingly I also have art featured in. You can see one painting: Post-Dogmatist Painting #475 in the trailer very briefly. I snagged these stills off of Jamie Bell's website: http://jamie-bell.com/




 Post Dogmatist Painting #475 - 2010 - 36x36 inches - Acrylic on Canvas
This looks like it is going to be a great movie.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Man_on_a_Ledge