The artist meticulously built up this painting through a series of rapid and often dry brushstrokes he executed on top of lavender grounds. The resulting work features sharp compositional turns, as the artist changed course whenever any identifiable image or figure began to emerge on the canvas. Vlahovich has adopted an intuitive approach to painting in hopes of avoiding anything he deems representational. The result is a strange and stunning pictorial effusion that touches upon the history of 20th-century abstraction without alluding to anything in particular.
This work is part of a series of paintings by Tyler Vlahovich that range from dark and moody to bright and explosive. Following in the direction of his previous works, this series is a deeper interrogation into the possibility of abstraction—or more precisely, non-representational painting.
Tyler Vlahovich’s non-representational paintings aspire—and fail—to depict nothing much at all. His work, similar to the literary output of Samuel Beckett and Franz Kafka, is like a riddle in reverse. Vlahovich’s paintings serve as provisional answers to what seem to be fundamentally private questions—each work is like a spur of the moment challenge to painting itself.