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    Tim Gardner

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    Tim Gardner uses photorealism to turn a mirror on Americans as they enjoy spring break and other special moments.


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    At first, the works of Tim Gardner appear to be large snapshots, but upon closer inspection they're revealed to be watercolors. These paintings are precisely detailed and photorealistic, down to the red spots in the subjects' eyes.

    Paintings by: Tim Gardner.
    303 Gallery 525 West 22nd St. (between 10th and 11th Ave.) (212) 255-1121 Through May 26

    Seemingly twisting the cliche of friends foisting vacation photos on you, this is a show mostly of pictures depicting young men on spring-breakish trips and people among nature vistas. The images here challenge the notion of what is banal; by rendering "ordinary" snapshots with painstaking detail, Gardner imbues the images with a newfound signifigance.

    By not knowing who these people are or exactly where they are, there's a sense of mystery behind what we're seeing. A young woman stands between plastic flamingoes in a nighttime shot. A fraternity-type reveler poses in front of a Las Vegas facade. They both are striking poses as if to say: "Look at me, I'm having a good time."

    A Winnebago travels down a sunny road and you wonder who's inside and where it's going. Shirtless guys cavort in a convertible with Hawaii plates — one of them has a flower behind his ear. This could be an ad for Abercrombie & Fitch, but it's taken from reality. Spring breakers drink beer in a motel parking lot and someone who partied too much is slumped in front of a sink, the bottom of which is filled with beer cans.

    One remarkable work is a painting of a bundled-up beachgoer posing in front of the shore at either sunset or dawn. This picture is a rich interplay of lights and darks and is powerful in its imagery; the light upon the water and in the sky drawns you in like an undertow.

    APRIL 27, 2001

    Click any thumbnail for a larger image.

    "Untitled (Sto and Mitch)"
    "Untitled (S, Matt, Lars with Girl)"
    "Untitled (Hawaii)"
    "Mobil Home"

    "Untitled (S in Vegas)"

    Reader comments on Tim Gardner:

  • painting   from georgia johnson, Mar 28, 2002
  • Painting on the move   from Wilfried Cooreman, Jun 20, 2002
  • Where did you come from?   from Carrie Ayon, Oct 18, 2002
  • hell yeah   from daniel brown, Jan 7, 2003
  • tito licked me   from head to toe, Apr 11, 2003
  • Re: tito licked me   from Dan Turner, May 29, 2003
  • Re: tito licked me   from blaster, Jul 1, 2003
  • To: blaster   from Dan Turner, Jul 2, 2003
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  • Re: To: blaster again   from Dan T, Jul 9, 2003
  • Re: To: blaster again   from , Jul 9, 2003
  • Re: To: blaster again + again   from Dan T., Jul 9, 2003
  • Reply to Dan Turner   from , Jul 10, 2003
  • Reply to blaster   from Dan T, Jul 17, 2003
  • Re: Reply to blaster   from , Aug 1, 2003
  • Re: Daytonia (Blaster)   from Dan T, Aug 6, 2003
  • canadia?   from blaster, Aug 20, 2003
  • Re: canadia?   from _Dan T, Oct 9, 2003
  • who's hungry   from blaster revisited, Jan 27, 2004
  • oh my fucking god man...   from legna, May 31, 2005
  • Re: oh my fucking god man...   from blaster, Jun 21, 2005
  • Re: tito licked me   from Sam Scheulen, Dec 16, 2005
  • Re: tito licked me   from , Feb 12, 2006
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  • Fuck me   from Tito, Mar 17, 2003
  • Tim is great!   from Arthur, Apr 1, 2003
  • tim gardner collection 4 sale   from jeff, May 14, 2003
  • great work   from tom sloan, Jun 19, 2003
  • Tim's paintings are keen!   from Carrie Ayon, Oct 23, 2003
  • Tim Gardner   from $, Mar 4, 2005
  • Re: Tim Gardner   from , Jan 17, 2006
  • Tim Gardner watercolor paontings   from Gail stackman, Oct 1, 2006
  • Re: Tim Gardner watercolor paontings   from david, Jan 30, 2008
  • beautiful !   from Jahyeon Kwon, Aug 14, 2007
  • Canadian I believe that   from Marie-Christine Mathieu, Sep 16, 2007
  • Re: Canadian I believe that   from tim Who?, Oct 18, 2007
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