Tim grew up outside of Boston and came to California from New York City in 1986 on vacation and never went back home on the East Coast. San Francisco was home for many years and still remains the place he feels he grew up in. Having spent his 20’s in the late 80s/early 90s in the epicenter of the AIDS crisis in San Francisco these experiences continue to effect his point of view and art making.
Tim’s work reflects a mind at work containing all the points or choices in any moment, existing in the same time and space. The work functions as a way of self examination for the artist and the viewer as the complicated dimension and space create multiple entry points for the viewer.
Gleason's work explores a kind of ‘dailyness. Using household objects, abstracted photographic images ranging from 60’s men’s posing magazines to landscape photography of the Coachella valley, and text he creates a world that is familiar and inviting while at the same time chaotic and sometimes a little scary. The work is often poetic and romantic but deftly avoids sentimentality.
The seemingly mundane objects - electrical outlets, light bulbs, chairs, windows and ladders - are detached from their “normal” uses, and combined and recombined into new relationships with their environs. Changing their size, scale and density, he creates motion and momentum on the picture plane. Text and letterforms snake their way through his canvases. Rarely is there a complete word or a full sentence, their completion resides past the frame of the canvas, creating mystery and a narrative tension. Drawing on influences from both the Indian Space painters and Caddy Wells, his abstracted color fields, sometime small broken sections, sometimes larger blocks create space sometimes interfering with the action that flows around.
All these elements - the object, the text, the color fields - are on the same plane so the viewer’s attention is constantly juggled from one section to the next.
Finding a balance between organic bright color abstractions and delicate and intimate pen and ink drawings echoing the way we move in the world.
In addition to the objects is the use of text and letterforms, words and sentences snake their way through his canvases. Rarely is there a complete word or a full sentence. Their completion resides past the frame of the canvas, creating mystery and a narrative tension.
His work contains the use of large areas of flat color fields. Drawing on influences from both the Abstract Expressionist and most recently the Indian Space painters, these color fields, sometime small broken sections, sometimes larger blocks that make up 'the background' are visually arresting. The viewer is drawn in by the sheer pleasure and joy of color and form.