The Ulster University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition, Tim Millen: 'Future Present'. This current body of work continues the artist’s exploration into everyday markers of ecological change
Tim Millen, Source, 2018, oil on canvas, 165cm x 143cm
In Millen’s work, landscapes give way to dreamscapes; indeterminate, peripheral spaces on the edge of towns and cities haunted by human traces. Walls, fences, effluence, cables and bed frames are simultaneously evidence, accusation, and comfort. The land is often partitioned and enclosed, hinting perhaps at a desire for freedom, migration, to feel protected or to escape.
The paintings often contain subtle distortions to the conventional pictorial field - flattening and tilting of perspective or an ambiguity of scale - leading to a feeling that something is not quite right. They occupy a temporal ambiguity: familiar enough for immediate recognition but resisting certainty, ease. Perhaps there is a disaster to come; perhaps it has already happened.
Curated by Feargal O’Malley
Tim Millen (b. 1976, Northern Ireland) graduated with an MFA from University of Ulster (2011) having completed a fine art degree at NCAD (1999). He has exhibited as a solo artist with ‘Folk Tale’, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn (2009). Selected group shows include, The Faraway Nearby, F.E. McWilliam Gallery (2014); Long they look, and deeply, Satis House, Belfast (2013); Fata Morgana, Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2012); And now we call ourselves artists, VOID, Derry (2011); Miscellany Springs, Turn-Berlin Gallery, Berlin (2009). He has also been the recipient of arts awards including the Hennessy Craig Scholarship, RHA, Dublin (2009) and Arts Council of Northern Ireland General Arts Awards
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