Untitled 4.3, 2013
oil on canvas
24 x 24 inches
Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to announce our first solo exhibition of paintings by Canan Tolon.
Canan Tolon's paintings at first appear as purely abstract, but with time the eye discovers familiar urban landscapes in the rhythmic painted streaks. She explores the visualization of space by creating an illusion of depth and engages the viewer in the game of seeking recognizable imagery and inventing a visual narrative. The black and white pieces in particular allude to the documentary quality of photography, suggesting reality where there is only imagination. Like a distant mirage, the viewer is drawn into the work, wanting to explore the multiple layers of information. With even closer inspection, the elusive vistas dissolve back into abstract patterns revealing the painting's deception. This duality makes the imagery unstable, flickering between truth and illusion to create an ever-interesting visual feast.
Born in Istanbul, Tolon trained as an architect and holds a Masters from the University of California at Berkeley. In addition to her paintings, she is also well known for her large-scale installation work. She has exhibited internationally since 1984, including shows at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Rotterdam's Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Istanbul Modern Museum, and London's Saachi Gallery. In 2012, she was named one of Art+Auction's 50 Next Most Collectible Artists. Tolon lives and works in the California Bay Area.
The exhibition is accompanied by an illustrated catalogue.