Solo Exhibition: Inside, Outside and Everything in Between
Dates: April 1 - 29, 2023
Reception: Saturday, April 1 | 4 - 7 PM
Glass Rice is proud to present Inside, Outside and Everything in Between, Tom Colcord’s third solo exhibition with the gallery and a continuation of his insatiable exploration of the boundaries of his perceptions. Once again, En Plein Air, still life and dream-like Maximalist paintings come together under one roof to traverse the complexities of his exterior world and the vastness of his interior, psychological world.
San Francisco park life takes center stage in Colcord’s En Plein Air paintings. As he explores his eyes’ ability to take in the entirety of a scene and recreate it as accurately as possible, these luscious paintings reflect not only our surroundings, but the multitude of captivating moments within and around them. “The act of looking at a painting allows me the privilege to stop, carefully observe, and contemplate.” Each scene portrays not just a singular moment, but the amalgamation of each minute, interaction, and thought that came to mind during the act of painting. En Plein Air is Colcord’s approach to understanding our physical and exterior environment, but also a deep contemplation of - are they truly more accurate versions of reality?
In his still life and dream-like paintings, Colcord focuses on the intricacies of his psychological world and the idea that reality is always mutable and ever-changing. His studies in philosophy, phenomenology, mysticism and his own personal experiences form the subject matter in these pieces; challenging both himself and his viewers to succumb to the idea that perception is fluid. In the painting Intimate Astrology, multiple scenes stemming from memory, consumed media and distant dimensions come together. The interior of a grand room, a moment of a friend pondering, fractals of foliage and the cosmos in the distance form a liminal space where reality both stands still for a moment, yet is unbound.
Inside, Outside and Everything in Between at its core is an exploration. For this show, the artist has included a QR code next to each painting to provide the viewer with the option of exploring a larger conversation if they so choose. In providing more context, he hopes to give greater insight into his Maximalist aesthetic, approach to life, and understanding of the world around him, yet firmly believes that the paintings can also be enjoyed without. “These paintings are ultimately artifacts of the conversations I had with myself leading to the conclusion that Maximalism is not just a stylistic approach, but a lifestyle and compulsion.”
The opening reception will run from 4 - 7 pm on April 1 and is open to the general public for walk-ins. Private appointments can be made on our website to view the exhibition after the opening reception through April 29.