Time keeps on slippin’ into the future, but it is on your side if you want to check out the new “Time”-themed exhibition at Gallery Main Street.
Classic rock references aside, “Time” is the latest showing of works at the City of Tyler’s downtown art gallery. The showing features more than 20 submissions by 13 local artists, all providing unique perspectives and ideas on the concept of time.
Painter Kim Hill’s oil on canvas “Time Well Spent” was chosen by the exhibition jury as Best In Show. The painting’s photorealism depicts a small child in pajamas and a cowboy hat, leaning next to an older, kneeling man, clad in blue jeans, a vest and cowboy hat, with a dog curled up behind them both.
The painting is actually a combination of images from several photographs Hill took, including of artist Bruce Green, who holds a painting workshop on his ranch every year. Hill said that while the painting is largely photorealistic, she doesn’t adhere strictly to that style.
“I paint what I see,” she said. “But I’m not a photorealist, in that I take into account color and emotion and things like that.”
Hill said “Time Well Spent” speaks largely to the way time can define our relationships.
“The most important thing about time is our relationships with others,” she said.
One of the other standout pieces of the show is a sculpture work by Thomas Taylor, “Making Time.” The piece depicts four wooden mannequins each in a farther stage of attempting to build a pocket watch.
“It’s more of a conceptual piece than a manipulation of materials,” Taylor said. “I broke apart the words ‘making time’ and started thinking about what that meant to me. So when I first started into the project I had a bunch of sketches and ideas and I just had the realization that time … is unattainable, even though we’re always trying to get more of it.”
So while the piece literally shows someone attempting to make time (i.e. the watch), philosophically, Taylor said, it’s all for naught.
“He’s completed making time in the form of the pocket watch, but time is something that is unattainable. So even though he took time to make time, he has no way to make time work for him or have any control over it.”
Taylor said he wanted to create a piece that didn’t require a lot of elements and wanted it to be very straight forward in the realization of the concept he had in mind.
“I really wanted to keep it conceptual and concise. I wanted it to be very straightforward and yet anyone who looks at it can take away their own ideas from it. A lot of times when I make something, I won’t even put a title on it and keep it very simple,” he said.
“Time” will be on display until Monday, Sept. 30 at Gallery Main Street, 110 W. Erwin Street in Downtown Tyler. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday and Friday and 12 to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.