Tiffany Calvert's work has been exhibited in group and solo exhibitions including Lawrimore Project in Seattle, Visual Arts Gallery at SVA New York, and The Lab in San Francisco. She has been a recipient of a Geraldine R. Dodge Fellowship and residencies at the ArtOmi International Arts Center (NY) and Djerassi Resident Artists Program (CA). In 2010 she was awarded a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant. Her most recent solo exhibition was mounted with Carl & Sloan Contemporary in Portland, OR.
contact: tiffanycalvert @ gmail.com
The paintings draw on imagery from Art Historical sources and from contemporary resources including journalistic imagery and personal photographs. I seek a precarious balance between figuration and abstraction, using the complexity of the imagery to both create the structure and to confuse, overcomplicate and obscure. I am interested in combining disparate images in order to explore the porousness of reference and representation. In addition, my studio research interests extend to media theory in reality television and surveillance, and the effect of media on the substantiation of the image.
from Collapse, Visual Arts Center Gallery, MSU:
...For Calvert, abstraction and figuration spar in an art historical realm, depicting not only a mutual rebuff and attraction of the narrative and the abstract, but also the proximity of tradition and innovation in painting. Calvert's gravitational collapse of narrative information is not merely an injection of visual white noise or a cannibalism of preexisting imagery, but an interruption of familiar subject matter by a proximal transmission of intangibles. Calvert writes, "I seek a precarious balance between figuration and abstraction, using the complexity of the imagery to both create the structure and to confuse, overcomplicate and obscure. Overburdened by their ornament, they collapse. Dissolution, separation, collapse, dissemination. In the dissolution of form the theme is the dissolution of order, of aspiration." In generating a visual disturbance via abstraction, Calvert notifies the viewer of a cusp in the imagery, a beginning of something other than the narrative.
– Adrienne Callander, curator
from Artist Profile: Tiffany Calvert by Elizabeth Johnson
What is her stake in this vortex of confusion and activity? Tiny clusters of pink, circular decorations interrupt the overall composition, and I think: No, that doesn't work. But then I think: Well, maybe it does. If death and disintegration look the same as assembly and reconstruction, and my sense of aesthetic equilibrium is effectively knocked out of whack, then Calvert must truly be dwelling in chaos, which means this brand of off-putting painting is habitable and a platform from which she will continually be scouting ahead, unearthing fresh images, and staying on step ahead of comfort...Her style rises from dappled brushstrokes and air, compelling me to feel lucky to have a toehold in a mixed-up world.