Below the Fray, 2011, ink and coffee on paper, 60 1/2" x 43 1/2"
Twaddle's new work revisits imagery he first started using over twenty years ago - pole-mounted transformers and the distribution lines that run to and from them.
In this new work, however, Twaddle focuses on the lines themselves, and eschews charcoal, a medium he's used for 25 years, for the unusual and striking combination of ink and coffee. In these drawings, Twaddle pours and "steers" coffee over a light ink-wash ground, creating images that evoke tangled tree limbs or shadows of the silhouetted black ink distribution and telephone lines above.
Twaddle describes his interest in the distribution lines: "I love to drive down Houston streets - especially at dawn or dusk - when the transformers and the distribution lines and telephone lines are in silhouette. I'm constantly awed by the variations of their unintentional beauty and lyricism. They have a strong musical association for me, like some trippy score that's been drawn in the air by an anonymous composer."
In addition to the ink and coffee drawings, Twaddle will also be showing gouache drawings, wall covering, and a hand-knotted rug from a collection of Transformer Rugs launched by Carol Piper Rugs late last year. (Twaddle has also designed a collection of transformer-based textiles that were recently launched by CF Stinson, a nationally recognized textile distributor.)
something to look at is on view at Moody Gallery from June 4 through July 2, 2011. A reception for the artist will be held Saturday, June 4 from 6-8 pm.
MOODY GALLERY 2815 Colquitt Houston, TX 77098
Gallery Hours: Tues-Fri 10:30-5:00, Sat 11:00-5:00