ON VIEW THRU FEBRUARY 24, 2024: “Shane Tolbert | Memory Dilemma” at McClain Gallery explores the process and materiality of painting, and the way images can be made by relying on chance, unorthodox materials, and gesture.
Although his work builds on a premise of color field painting, the techniques Tolbert employs are far from traditional. He begins by thinning down acrylic paint which pools and flows on plastic sheeting. Once dry, the stains imprinted on the sheeting are applied to canvas using more wet paint as a binder. After allowing the plastic to dry on the canvas, Tolbert then removes it and what is left behind is the intact painted gesture, imprinted with the textural language of ripples and folds inherent to the plastic.