Ruptures and Reconciliations
Through the successive layering of paint, Titus transforms crumbled, draped, and wrapped canvas into rigid structures of mysterious materiality and radiant color. Titus’ deconstructed paintings conflate surface and structure, allowing the paintings to break away from their frames into gravity-defying compositions.
Titus describes the process of making the works as “a cycle of making, unmaking, and remaking” that closely mirrors how the current social fabric seems to be coming apart in ways that are unprecedented.
A falling petal– Richard Wright, Haiku
Strikes one floating on a pond,
And they both sink.
Titus has chosen the above poem from Richard Wright’s Haiku as the conceptual ground for his new series. Being one of the most influential figures writing about the African-American experience, Wright’s work is a fitting vantage point to contemplate the ongoing societal tensions in American life.
“The three-dimensional relief of Anthony Titus’s single-color constructions gives them a powerful presence, almost as if they are alive and playing with the natural light of ‘T’ Space reflected off the semi-gloss surfaces. Recalling Clement Greenberg’s infamous 1961 decree that painting could achieve autonomy only by embracing absolute flatness, Anthony does the opposite—he embraces space, sometimes around the edges of the picture plane, sometimes in relief, and in unpredictable ways. Here, architecture redefines painting.”– Steven Holl
'T' Space would like to thank Anthony Titus for making this inspiring exhibition and for his support throughout the process. We give thanks to Ivan Leon for creating the video for the exhibition. The ‘T’ Space Synthesis of the Arts Series 2021 is made possible because of major support provided by Steve Pulimood, Richard Armstrong, Agnes Gund, Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown, the Pratt Family Fund, Low Road Foundation and an anonymous donor. Additional support is provided by our spirited community of donors and friends. We thank our community of donors for their generous support.
Photographs by Susan Wides © 2021
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