BRITTON TOLLIVER’S PAINTINGS: WHEN ABSTRACTION MEETS GEOMETRY
On the background a geometric grid and rigid self-imposed rules. In the forefront, that both upsets and falls into this net, the instinctive impulse of abstraction. In the middle, countless visual stimuli and information that artist Britton Tolliver tries to domesticate in his paintings now on display at Samuel Freeman Gallery.
Britton has had an obsession for categorizing ever since her was a child, when he collected baseball cards, memorizing each bit of information. In a world saturated by images that are produced, reproduced, elaborated and regurgitated, he is driven by a mania that not only prevents habituation, but also fuels his hunger for images. The Los Angeles based artist thus recovers shreds of imagery from any source and tries to insert them into a geometric scheme, in which the chaos and vitality of each single component is free to roam.