Tif Sigfrids is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new works by Brooklyn-based artist Austin Eddy. The show, entitled Passers-By, is Eddy’s first with the gallery. The exhibition will begin October 22nd and run through November 22nd. In lieu of an opening, there will be a reception on November 19th marking the closing of the exhibition and the publication of an artist’s book featuring the works in the show. The publication is the first in a series produced by the gallery and includes an essay by Veronica Gonzalez Peña.
For Passers-By, we are presented with three new paintings and four works on paper which are playful and at times cubistic in the way they condense scenes of birds flying above city roofs or perched on building ledges into patterns of quasi-geometric shapes. Combining different media like oil, flashé, ink, and pastel, these works are rich in texture and include elements of collage as well. They exist in the interstices between figuration and abstraction, art historical memory and personal recollection. In her essay, Veronica Gonzalez Peña writes that:
There is a tension in depicting and not depicting, in narrative and the fragment, in showing or alluding to a moment in time, its slips, while also addressing form and textural layering. There is a tension in Austin Eddy’s painting, in the push and pull between the intense attention to detail and formal playfulness, of shape and color and texture “as a stand-in for tone,” and the desire for open-ended stories, and an evocation of emotion through depiction, between what is on the surface - paint - and what the painting is pointing toward - nature and relationships.
Austin Eddy was born in 1986 in Boston, MA and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his BFA in Painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Recent solo exhibitions include Sad Landscapes at Le Consortium, Académie Conti, La Romanée Conti, Dijon (2022); Above the House Where Paul Verlaine Died, 12.26, Dallas, TX, US (2022); Selected Poems, Eva Presenhuber, Private Showroom, New York, NY, US (2022); Immutable Traveler, Knust Kunz, Munich, DE (2022); As The Crow Flies, Baldwin Gallery, Aspen, CO, US (2021); A Place For Dreams, Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, CA, US (2021); Seeuferweg, Live Fine Art, Zurich, CH (2021); and Birds At Night, Althuis Hofland Fine Arts, Amsterdam, NL (2020).