Cody Tumblin

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Loosely chronicling time spent in his home studio, Tell Tale is a collection of new dyed and painted works by Cody Tumblin . The pieces in his first solo show with the gallery dance between painting and object; most are made to the exact dimensions of significant books from his personal library. Each painting reflects a collective history of multiple works, many of them uneasy missteps. For instance, a painting or drawing is made, then stretched over another unfinished work. After further developments on the surface, the painting is peeled away, revealing the history of previous events that seep through each layer of cloth — the process is repeated several times, back and forth. The bleeds and stains of dye and watercolor remain from several different paintings, tracing movements of his brush and the evidence of each action. The anxious rhythm of the studio fluctuates between moments of excited urgency and long, quiet periods of uncertainty. Each work is a reflection of these cycles, weaving together a strange narrative of time spent.

Cody Tumblin is from Nashville, Tennessee, and lives and works in Chicago with his wife, the artist Kayl Parker. He received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recent exhibitions include PRTY PPL curated by Josh Reames at Circuit 12 in Dallas and Forlorn Luck, a solo show at Lunchmoney Gallery in Aarhus, Denmark. In Chicago, Cody recently participated in SHIT IS REAL at devening projects + editions, a solo show with The Salon Series, and Pile Hunk Stage with Kayl Parker at Gallery X. This summer, Cody is anticipating two-person shows at The Packing Plant in Nashville, Tennessee, and at LVL 3 in Chicago.

  • Folding the Evening Together (2014)

    dye and ink on hand dyed cotton, thread, 12 x 9 inches

  • Tears that Fall Behind the Curtain (2014)

    dye and marker on hand dyed cotton, thread, 12 x 9 inches

  • Two Hum (2014)

    dye on hand dyed cotton, thread, 12 x 9 inches

  • Nightfall in Two Parts (2014)

    dye on hand dyed cotton, thread, 14 x 11 inches

  • Syllables Suspended in the Fog (2014)

    dye on hand dyed cotton, thread, 12 x 9 inches

  • Fools Gold (2015)

    dye and watercolor on hand-dyed cotton, 8 x 5.25 inches

  • Spreading Glow (2014)

    dye on cotton, 12 x 9 inches

  • Pulling (2015)

    dye and watercolor on cotton , 9.2 5x 13.25 inches

  • From the Jungle (2015)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 7.5 x 11.5 inches

  • The Hot Summer One (2014)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 12 x 9 inches

  • Three Phantom Remarks (2014)

    dye on cotton, 12 x 9 inches

  • Glow Green Traum (2014)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 14 x 11 inches

  • Sankt Jørgens Sø (2015)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 12 x 9 inches

  • Blue Rhonda (after Blue Rondo) (2015)

    dye and watercolor on hand-dyed cotton, 40 x 30 inches

  • Dancing Horsemen (2015)

    dye and watercolor on hand-dyed cotton, 12 x 11 inches

  • Blocked Path (2015)

    dye on cotton, hand dyed cotton, 9.5 x 8.25 inches

  • Oriental Lunch (2015)

    dye and watercolor on hand dyed cotton, 12 x 10.5 inches

  • Assorted Varieties (2015)

    dye and watercolor on painted remnant, 10 x 6.25 inches