Tucker, Ted

  • Home:
    Montréal, Québec
  • Title:
    Liam
  • Media:
    Watercolour on paper, aquerelle sur papier
  • Dimensions:
    66 x 51 cm
  • Website:

Ted Tucker’s hippocampus, the organ located in the temporal lobe, responsible for the acquisition and navigation of memories has been damaged. Clerical errors, resulting from growing old, partying too hard, physical injury and under stimulation have led to recollections becoming misfiled and fragmented. Memories retrieved from this jumbled index return as locker-room anecdotes, laden with fabrication and factual inaccuracies. These abridged ideas appear to originate from a foreign source, rooted in the real, now endemic to a storytelling party land. The Hippocampus of Tucker’s Collegeä has become a tangible environment, a university campus where the landmark moments from his history play out like a skipping CD. Tucker reassembles this fragmented chronology like an “exquisite corps” into a new plausible narrative and illustrates it using a cinematic style reminiscent of 80’s teen movies, an aesthetic befitting the subject matter. The Liam portrait, done in the Hippocampus’ sensibility was created entirely in watercolor using a variety of techniques: from traditional methods of under-painting, glazing & dry-brushing to newer, resourceful methods of scrubbing, erasing & blurring. The work was created on a heavy-pound paper to accommodate countless washes of color & aggressive reductive techniques, resulting in a luminous surface saturated in pure pigment. The painting’s brush strokes, mildly diffused by each layer of glaze give the work a ghostly appearance similar to an old offset print. The contemporary subject & palette in combination with the antiquary printed-feel give the portrait an unusual anachronistic quality.


EDUCATION:

2010-2013

MFA Concordia University: Painting & Drawing


2002

A.O.C.A.D. Ontario College of Art & Design: Painting & Drawing


SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2008

NC-17, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


2004

Dominance & Affection, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


2003

Delete All Cookies, Fran Hill Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2011

Bakers Dozen, Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario


2010

Toronto International Art Fair


2010

Scope Basel Art Fair


AWARDS:

2010

Dora and Avi Morrow Fellowship, Concordia University


2001

John Alfsen Award, Ontario College of Art & Design


2001

Curry’s Art Store Prize, Ontario College of Art & Design


EMPLOYMENT:

2010-2011

Teacher’s Assistant to Pat McEown, Concordia University


2002-2010

AV/IT Media Technician OCAD


OTHER INFORMATION:

2009

Recipient of Ontario Arts Council, Visual Artist Grant: Emerging


2008

Recipient of Toronto Arts Council, Visual Arts Grant: Level 1


2008

Included in Carte Blanche V2: Painting, Magenta Publishing

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