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18 Jul 2017

Thomas Lyon Mills

Rafius Fane Gallery

Reviewed by Suzanne Volmer

Cinematic affinity, history, and Tolkien-style fantasy inform works on paper by Thomas Lyon Mills.

Today one can look into sealed catacombs with illumined periscopes to survey the contents. The work of Mills, who draws from them directly, communicates a similarly eerie probing. Darkly atmospheric dust-ups, flowing water, switchbacks in perspective, and split-second illumination play into the artist’s interpretation of the subterranean. His labyrinth games for audiences involve directing attention into disequilibrium.

The artist's complex surfaces engage abstraction but ultimately compose as illustrative narratives. His expansive Orbiters and smaller Catacomb Masks 56 have a tactile range built from layers of watercolor, oil, acrylic, conte, charcoal, and printmaking on pieced-together paper. Mills's style renders meticulous incident in miniature to express the ephemerality of re-imagined lost civilizations, death, rebirth, spiritual matters, and mysteries of time.

Exhibition Thomas Lyon Mills link
Start date 07 Jul 2017 (40 days ago)
End date 18 Aug 2017 (in 2 days)
Presenter Rafius Fane Gallery link
Venue 460C Harrison Avenue, Suite #C24, Boston, MA, USA map
Image Thomas Lyon Mills, Orbiters, watercolor, oil, woodcuts, conte crayon, charcoal, graphite on pierced paper, 65.5 x 126.5 inches, courtesy of Rafius Fane Gallery
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