The artist, writer, and curator Brendan Carroll, co-founder of Agitators Collective, had this to say about the artist's work:
"At first glance, the compositions appear ordered, balanced. On closer inspection, the rectangular bands are not symmetrical, but interspersed and uneven. They refute uniformity. His visual language is drawn from a deadpan observation of the world around him…McGlynn’s work is...about the immediacy of simply looking at stuff..."
Kara Rooney, artist, writer and curator based in New York City has characterized his art as well:
“Tom McGlynn draws upon the grid as a codifier of human sentience, pushing and probing the boundary of language and memory...Utilizing commercial branding and corporate logos along with personal imagery as source material, the artist employs the rectangular motif as vestigial stand-in for what has already occurred- for the accumulated sum of lived experience”
This work is part of an ongoing series started in 2012 and titled Survey.
McGlynn is interested in how a minimally-determined presentation of form can critique the residual meaning of the mediated imagery of popular culture, including corporate logos and perhaps more common signage.
"Survey" obliquely refers to a play on behavioral testing but also how contemporary images "scan". The title meant more in a connotative sense than any strict conceptual denotation.
The emphasis in McGlynn's work is not so much the continuity of a heritage of "pure" abstraction as much as it is an investigation into how societal abstractions can become assimilated as a "second nature" in memory and in poetic displacement.
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About The Artist
Tom McGlynn is an American contemporary artist born in 1958. He is known for using contrasting colors in his minimalist approach to abstraction.Read More