The Sunday Painter, London (FR2)
Tyra Tingleff’s paintings twist and squeeze the abstract language of the medium. By deploying familiar techniques, including dripping, spraying, staining and scrubbing, her works alight – but never settle – upon a range of reference points, and her surfaces remain ever restless. Built up through layers and layers of application, a cross-section of traditions are acknowledged and hinted at within the canvas yet ultimately refuted as she strives for an absence of language.
Tingleff has made a new body of site-specific work for her presentation at Frieze New York. Tingleff’s practice always takes into account the spatial considerations and nuances of the environment within which she exhibits; and the paintings’ scale and format respond directly to the architecture of the booth. Three works occupy the entire surface of the back wall, as if floating free, defying scale. Seemingly presented as a triptych, the works touch each other, literally and metaphorically jamming the space they occupy. In doing so the booth becomes a short circuit of language, as the three works exist individually within the confines of their canvases, while inevitably escaping and flowing into each other.
Tyra Tingleff's (b.1984) recent shows include “Fickle Food Upon A Shifting Plate”, Studio Leigh (London), “31 Women”, Breese Little (London), “The Hidden Dimension”, Marignana Arte (Venice), “Monet Is My Church”, Dittrich Schlechtriem, Berlin (all 2017), “Tyra Tingleff & Rosa Iliou”, Chertlüdde, (Berlin), “Grinding Your Teeth To Keep Out The Wind”, The Sunday Painter, London (both 2016) and “Closer Scrubs”, Salts, Basel (2015).