November 20, 2021 — January 1, 2022

somehow in the middle of all this nonsense

W. Tucker

Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new paintings by Austin-based artist W Tucker.

W Tucker’s works begin as unplanned creations. Using his non-dominant left hand, he taps into a spectrum of creativity that is less deliberate and structured. Working with a variety of media –ink, resin stick, oil, charcoal, texture paste – on old found or bought objects, he creates a cast of idiosyncratic characters that look askance at the world. “

Says the artist, “I see myself as a worker. I get up in the morning, I head to the studio and begin work. This for me is a consistent means of self-exploration and exploration of the world around me. It is a meditation of sorts where I see which characters in the work – a person, an animal, a house, a scribble, a cup - are struggling, fighting and which characters are finding balance. This battle to find balance seems to be an ever-present theme in the work and often reflects some aspect of my own life struggles or those that I observe in the world. The pieces in this show continue to embrace and explore this theme.

Each element in a piece has a reason and a personality. As they are placed, a story evolves. A story that I usually see once the piece is complete. The elements that comprise the work often seem simple and in a certain respect they are. Some characters reoccur simply because I enjoy the process of drawing or painting them. Others reoccur because they bring a simple presence to a more complicated situation or question.

The title of this show, ‘in the middle of all this nonsense’, is an open-ended phrase that I personally finish with, ‘I work’.”

W. Tucker received his B.F.A. in Drama from New York University in 1982. Exhibitions since 2015 include Koelsch Haus, Houston, TX (2016, 2017, 2018, 2020); grayDuck Gallery, Austin, TX (2016, 2018); Dimension Gallery, Austin, TX (2017); Feast Gallery, Fayetteville, AR (2017). Tayloe Piggott Gallery, Jackson, WY (2020). This will be the seventh solo exhibition of W. Tucker’s work at Conduit Gallery.

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