Ian Tweedy – A Long Story

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January 15 – February 26 2012

30 Orchard St, New York, 10002

“We are not concerned,” he said, “with long-winded creations, with long-term beings. Our creatures will not be heroes of romances in many volumes. Their roles will be short, concise;  their characters – without a background. Sometimes, for one gesture, for one word alone, we shall make the effort to bring them to life. We openly admit: we shall not insist on durability or solidity of workmanship; our creations will be temporary, to serve for a single occasion. If they be human beings, we shall give them, for example, only one profile, one hand, one leg, the one limb needed for their role. It would be pedantic to bother about the other, unnecessary, leg.

Their backs can be made of canvas or simply whitewashed. We shall have this proud slogan as our aim: a different actor for every gesture. For each action, each word, we shall call to life a different human being. Such is our whim, and the world will be run according to our pleasure.

The Demiurge was in love  with consummate, superb, and complicated materials; we shall give priority to trash. We are simply entranced and enchanted by the cheapness, shabbiness, and inferiority of material.” – Bruno Schulz – from The Street of Crocodiles (1934)

Image above: Arrangements of Forgotten Stories #92, 2011, Oil on book cover 10 x 7 inches 25.4 x 17.8 cm

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Arrangements of Forgotten Stories #98, 2011

Oil on book cover 10 x 7.25 inches 25.4 x 18.4 cm

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Fredrix, 2011

Oil on found canvas 60 x 48 inches 152.4 x 121.9 cm

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HRSCHRACK, 2011

Oil on found canvas 20.25 x 16 inches 51.4 x 40.6 cm

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#20, 2011

Oil on found canvas 18.25 x 14.125 inches 46.4 x 35.9 cm

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Stories #99, 2011

Oil on book cover 8.75 x 5.5 inches 22.2 x 14 cm

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Arrangements of Forgotten Stories #90, 2011

Oil on book cover 2011 9.5 x 6.25 inches 24.1 x 15.9 cm

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Arrangements of Forgotten Stories #93, 2011

Oil on book cover 11.25 x 8.625 inches 2011 28.6 x 21.9 cm

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Arrangements of Forgotten Stories #94, 2011

Oil on book cover 9.5 x 6 inches 24.1 x 15.2 cm

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Mazzo 61, 2011

Oil on found canvas 40 x 30 inches 101.6 x 76.2 cm

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Abstraction, 2011

Oil on found canvas 48 x 36 inches 121.9 x 91.4 cm

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Collective Images 01, 2011

Oil on paper 11 x 8.5 inches / 27.9 x 21.6 cm Framed: 30.5 x 27.5 inches / 77.5 x 69.9 cm

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Collective Images 02, 2011

Oil on paper 6.5 x 4.5 inches / 16.5 x 11.4 cm Framed: 25.875 x 24.125 inches / 65.7 x 61.3 cm

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All the images: Courtesy Untitled, NY and the artist.