The title of this painting refers to a Roman snake deity that, after garnering an entire cult, turned out to be a glove puppet.
Tim Brawner’s paintings mine a space between the uncanny and the grotesque. In each work, the artist uses a monochromatic style to achieve what he calls a pathos of ‘weirdness,’ which forms an alternative world beyond our usual dichotomies.
Tim Brawner’s paintings mine a space between the uncanny and the grotesque. Seeking to produce unease in the viewer, Brawner utilizes the idiom of illustration to render images of alienation via disparate representational elements. In each work, the artist uses a monochromatic style to achieve what he calls a pathos of ‘weirdness.’ As such, Brawner’s seductive surfaces coalesce his multiple references into a singular representational image that evokes both trepidation and dread. As the artist intones, this ‘weirding’ is part of the drama of his work, forming an alternative world beyond our given dichotomies.
Tim Brawner was born in 1991 in Omaha, NE, and lives in Brooklyn, New York. He received his MFA from the Yale School of Art in New Haven, CT (2020) and his BFA from Nebraska Wesleyan University in Lincoln, NE (2014).
Brawner has mounted solo exhibitions at Management in New York City, NY (2023); Union Pacific in London, UK (2019); and PAGE in New York City, NY (2017).
He has been included in group exhibitions such as OMGWTF at Primary Projects in Miami, FL (2021); No Fear In Trying at Unit London in London, UK (2021); Companions at Union Pacific in London, UK (2021); Urgent at Papa Projects in Minneapolis, MN (2021); C.H.A.D. at Ashes / Ashes, New York City, NY (2020); and Yale Painting & Printmaking MFA at Galerie Perrotin in New York City, NY (2020) among others.