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September 9-12, 2021   Javits Center

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Ulterior Gallery | Mamie Tinkler

Mamie Tinkler's first solo exhibition in New York of her watercolor paintings

Ulterior Gallery, a first-time participant in the Presents section of The Armory Show 2020, is pleased to present Mamie Tinkler's first solo exhibition in New York of her watercolor paintings. Explore exhibition content below and for more details on the artist and available works, contact the gallery directly.

About the Exhibition

Ulterior Gallery presents Mamie Tinkler's first solo exhibition with the gallery.

Using the tradition of still life as a starting point, Tinkler depicts enigmatic scenarios made up of objects that hover on the edge of familiarity. These dream-like spaces first generate a jolt of recognition—a red rose, a vanity mirror, a strand of Christmas lights snap into focus—but the disorienting compositions quickly unravel the logic of the everyday, replacing it with studied artifice, heightened drama, and a slight absurdity.

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Tinkler bases her paintings on photographs that she stages with an assortment of objects including mirrors, ropes, candles, and printed photographs. Painted with watercolor and gouache on board in lush, saturated hues, the paintings appear almost photo-realistic at first, but closer inspection reveals a looser approach, with large washes creating dramatic shadows and mysterious voids. Mirroring, doubling, and refraction create intricate spatial puzzles, with a persistent tension between surface and depth. The works’ theatrical lighting calls to mind a stage set, with Tinkler’s strange or estranged objects acting as characters in an inscrutable play.

Anthropomorphism pervades the compositions: folds of a velvet fabric evoke the crevices of skin; figurines become limbs and protuberances; and at times, human bodies appear, out of scale, fragmented, warped, or partially obscured. The paintings tease out the uncanny, subversive, lyrical, and erotic in the life of things.

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About the Artist: Mamie Tinkler

Mamie Tinkler lives and works in New York, NY. She graduated from Columbia University with a BA in 2000 and obtained a MFA from Hunter College in 2005. Tinkler’s works have been exhibited at solo and group exhibitions including The Suburban, Oak Park, IL (solo, 2015); The Good Earth at Kerry Schuss, New York, NY (2015); Days Inn at Mitchell-Innes & Nash, New York, NY (2014); and Drawings, Drawings, Photographs at Rachel Uffner Gallery, New York, NY (2011). Her work was featured at the Armory Show 2020, March 4–8, 2020, in the Presents section as part of a two-person exhibition.

Exhibition Artwork

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Mamie Tinkler
Feel Flows, 2020
20 x 16 inches / 50.8 x 40.6 cm
Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board
(c) Mamie Tinkler; Courtesy of Ulterior Gallery, New York
Mamie Tinkler
Melt, 2020
24 x 18 inches / 61.0 x 45.7 cm
Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board
(c) Mamie Tinkler; Courtesy of Ulterior Gallery, New York
Mamie Tinkler
Pool, 2020
17 1/2 x 16 inches / 44.5 x 40.6 cm
Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board
(c) Mamie Tinkler; Courtesy of Ulterior Gallery, New York
Mamie Tinkler
Leg Twin, 2020
18 1/8 x 20 inches / 46.0 x 50.8 cm
Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board
(c) Mamie Tinkler; Courtesy of Ulterior Gallery, New York
Mamie Tinkler
Aerie, 2020
18 1/8 x 20 inches / 46.0 x 50.8 cm
Watercolor and gouache on paper mounted to board
(c) Mamie Tinkler; Courtesy of Ulterior Gallery, New York