- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: Steidl/Mark Moore Gallery (August 15, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 3865212859
- ISBN-13: 978-3865212856
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,944,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Tim Bavington Paperback – August 15, 2006
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This book mostly focuses on his paintings of the musical variety. They are hypnotic paeans in paint to artists and music of the past several decades. Composed after sampled sequences of music - mostly guitar solos. Titling his paintings after famous and obscure songs alike, Bavington transposes sheet music into paint by assigning each note a particular color. Each paintings' palette is produced by combination of the 12 hue color wheel and the 12 tone scale. The bandwidth of the painting's stripes, in turn, is determined by the length of each note within the sequence.
With the use a computer Bavington has lately been creating text and language based stripe paintings from bar codes. Text is translated into barcode which can be revealed by scanning with an appropriate device. However, when enlarged in scale and sprayed onto canvas the code becomes illegible to both computer and human eyes.
A prot?g? of art critic Dave Hickey, who wrote the catalog essay, Bavington was included in his important Ultralounge exhibition of new, young painters in 2000 - where I became aware of the work. Hickey writes, "Tim Bavington arrived in Las Vegas from Shepherd's Bush in London (via Art Center in Pasadena) and he remains now what he was then, the thinking man's Mod - the progeny of Quadrophenia and Bridget Riley's great paintings from the Sixties."
Bavington proves that it is not a sin in these times to make smart, beautiful, and enaging abstract painting. Great book. Fantastic work.