Openings is proud to present “Squibs and Elixirs”, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Tom Weaver
“In Alchemy, an elixir is a substance with the power to transmute base metals to gold, to cure all human disorders and/or to maintain life indefinitely. My fields of color, like an elixir, try to solve the unsolvable, with unforeseeable consequences. Images that do not submerge in the elixir – insoluble images – are squibs that go pop.”
The fluidity of paint and the fluidity of signs – their types, interpretations and deployments – share the colorful worlds of Tom Weaver’s paintings.
In this sense his painterly actions generate signs as his signs generate painterly actions, fusing otherwise distinct states into what he calls insoluble elixirs. Elixirs like this aspire to the power to “maintain life” by offering an alternative to the instrumentalist logics that hierarchize society and pigeonhole the citizenry. Weaver relates his elixirs to the musicality that carries emotion to the lyrics in songs, in a similar way his painterly actions charge his imagery. His images are derived from works of the past and life experiences, fancifully combined. He maneuvers his images, recharges them in fields of color until they find new purchase in his world, salvaged, renovated, and polished. As he works he finds that images sometimes agree to cooperate and a painting emerges. The results are haunting and mysterious, with occasional flashes of sly humor. His paintings are atmospheric and compelling and should not be missed as sited now in this 150-year-old Neo-Gothic cathedral.
Hierarchy and the objectification of people is indeed a human disorder that requires a curative elixir.
Exhibition curated by Michael Berube and Sandra Mack-Valencia
October 25- December 2, 2014
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 7-9pm
Monday through Friday 8 am until 6 p.m.
Saturday 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
In the Art Space (St. Theresa Shrine) in The Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Corner of W.60th and Columbus Ave, Manhattan.
Tom Weaver is an artist and Professor of art and former Chair of the Art Department at Hunter College. He received his B.A. from the University of California at Santa Cruz and spent two years studying sculpture at St. Martin’s School of Art in London before receiving his M.F.A. from Hunter College. Weaver is the recipient of several grants from PSC-CUNY. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. His most recent one-person exhibit was at the Thomas J. Walsh Art Gallery at Fairfield University in Fairfield Ct.