Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present its fourth show with Glasgow-based artist Hayley Tompkins. In her paintings and painted objects, Hayley emphasizes the energy found in small things and economical gestures. From sticks and scraps of wood to spoons and mobile phone casings, her choice of support insistently draws attention to the boundary between painting and reality. Organized in suggestive and deceptively informal arrangements, Tompkins’s minimal, lo-fi objects highlight the acts of looking, touching, and experiencing space. In so doing, Tompkins prompts us to slow down and attend to our surroundings in a concentrated way that is decidedly at odds with the pace of contemporary life.
Hayley Tompkins (born 1971, Leighton Buzzard, UK) lives and works in Glasgow. Recent solo exhibitions include The Aspen Art Museum, Colorado; Studio Voltaire, London; The Modern Institute, Glasgow; Inverleith House, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh; and Re, The Drawing Room, London. Her work was featured in the 2012 São Paolo Biennial, and has been included in group exhibitions at such venues as Tate Britain; Institute of Contemporary Arts, London; and the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Tompkins was one of three artists chosen to represent Scotland at the 2013 Venice Biennale.