Late last week, Tim Biskup‘s Former States–his first solo show in three years–opened at THIS Los Angeles. The gallery doors opened to a quickly growing crowd who were eager to see Tim’s work and make a night out of the affair. Earlier attendees were able to snatch up an In Case/Tim Biskup tote, while later attendees were left to feast on the art (and the hot, hot temperature of the space).
Biskup’s work in Former State continues his style and artistic trajectory in a self-reflexive way. The show was largely a collection of pieces that he tied together in a novel and fun manner: large pieces inspired by tiny sculptures he had made some time ago. The little pieces were very rough compared to the larger paintings: their shape were unrefined and painted in a completely different style from his polygonal trademark. The larger pieces inspired by the statues were a great deal more detailed, products of months of work and a meticulous process. Having the two side by side created a cool conversation, showing how a little, “less serious” sculpture was inspiration for very large, “serious” work of art. They also demanded just as much attention as they are inseparable, slightly reminiscent to the tiny birds that pick off ticks and parasites that help rhinoceroses survive.
The other portion of the show were a few pieces that were meditations and new incarnations of his Alphabeast (which, if you add DJ before it, is also his music alias). A handful of these pieces lined the front of the gallery and paired nicely with the larger, sculpture based pieces. The show was followed with quite the after party at Little Cave next door. It also featured the musical stylings of Tim, MFG, Paul Tao, and Eric Wareheim making for one after party that was not to be missed.
Biskup’s Former State is on display at THIS until November 4. Be sure to stop by if you are in the Highland Park and keep your eye on THIS, as they have some super cool shows coming up.