In My Room (Sunset Silhouette), 2019
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Oil pastel on C-Print in artist frame

32.75 x 22.75 x 2.00 in

83.2 x 57.8 x 5.1 cm

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Operating between painting and experimental photography, Whale cultivates a visual language both material and personal as he reflects on the psychological and emotional landscape of his domestic space. Views from Whale’s bedroom window become microcosms of activity: the neighbors’ Spanish tile roof transforms into a cascading horizon of undulating color; a kumquat tree explodes into celestial orange circles; Whale’s cat [Marty] runs away from a psychedelic backyard kaleidoscope. These images become both a physically and emotionally enhanced document, begun as a printed photograph and altered using novel deletion techniques as well as exuberant pastel marks on the surface of the print.

Whale treats his photographic prints as a material—a means of recording light, color, image, and chemical alteration, but also as a page ready to receive a physical mark. His subtractive gestures bring out colors that are otherwise latent underneath the surface of the print, injecting a disturbance into a medium known for visual acuity. A recurring motif throughout the work is the decorative and protective wrought iron grate common to many homes in Los Angeles. Whale photographs through this grate in some images and uses it as a physical mask while chemically altering others. Each of these actions simultaneously imprint and build, creating depth and surface tension while confronting the viewer with a fantastical take on the seeming mendacity of the everyday. It’s a perspective many may long for after spending months inside looking out of our windows.

Courtesy of Tyler Park Presents

About Evan Whale

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  • This work is currently on view in Evan Whale's solo exhibition "In My Room" at Tyler Park Presents. The exhibition features new experimental photographic works made from the localized perspective of life at home, with each piece being an altered view from the artist’s window.

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