WHITING TENNIS (American, b. 1959)
    Theater Shop, Group #2, 2001
    Acrylic and collage on canvas
    11 x 14 inches (27.9 x 35.6 cm)
    Signed, titled and dated on the reverse

    Derek Eller Gallery, New York, January 2002

    Ted Pillsbury was a big fan of Kurt Schwitters' work, so it is no surprise that he was drawn to the mixed media paint and paper collages of the Virginia-born Whiting Tennis who is based in Seattle. Tennis finds inspiration for these artful, muted-palette works in the timeworn, provisional structures that populate the rural Northwest. From a paint-splattered blue tarp to a pieced-together shed, Tennis's art celebrates the everyday materials and eccentric forms of often-overlooked objects and revels in the mystery and layers of usage embedded within them.

    Drawing grounds Tennis's practice, providing a starting point for his forms that often combine paint with woodblock prints cut to reference the surface texture of plywood, tree bark, or shingles. His sculptural work also incorporates repurposed materials, such as discarded wood, cardboard, concrete, plaster, paint, asphalt, and tar, embraced for their individual particularities and histories. Writer and painter Shane McAdams has found in Tennis' art "a dreamy, days-of-old reverie to his materials and imagery that will take viewers on a real estate tour down memory lane that will feel more acute for transplants to New York City, for whom wood grain, clapboard, and gabled roofs seem especially foreign and distant." To Ted it probably had some resonance of Texas.

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    Very faint surface soiling, small indent at extreme left edge, not framed

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