Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Cody Tumblin
Tell Tale
March 15 – April 18, 2015

When it is difficult to form a sentence, it’s best to start with a few words and throw them together. The syllables are hung in rows and an occasional story takes place. There is a song from a room that hums distantly. Paintings being peeled away, leaving behind a strange choreography of stains and smudges. The dancing brush, the restless mind. Stray threads being pulled off the floorboards and out of my hair.

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 LVL3 in Chicago.
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    Installation view, Tell Tale, devening projects + editions, March 2015

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    Mystery Told in Four Parts (2015)

    dye and watercolor on hand dyed cotton, thread, 12.5 × 9.5 inches

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    Probably Gonna Roll on Through

    dye and watercolor on hand-dyed cotton, 60 × 46 inches

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    Tears that Fall Behind the Curtain (2014)

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

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    Folding the Evening Together (2014)

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

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    The Hot Summer One (2014)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 12 × 9 inches

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    Syllables Suspended in the Fog (2014)

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

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    Two Hum (2014)

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

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    Fools Gold (2015)

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

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    Oriental Lunch (2015)

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

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    Glow Green Traum (2014)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 14 × 11 inches

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    Pulling (2015)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 9.2 5x 13.25 inches

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    Spreading Glow (2014)

    dye on cotton, 12 × 9 inches

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    Nightfall in Two Parts (2014)

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

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    Sankt Jørgens Sø (2015)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 12 × 9 inches

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    Three Phantom Remarks

    dye on cotton, 12 × 9 inches

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    From the Jungle (2015)

    dye and watercolor on cotton, 7.5 × 11.5 inches

Current

Jason Karolak

Slow Talkers

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

offspace

Melissa Pokorny

Call If You Need Me

04.02.17 – 05.06.17

Archive

offspace

Paul Erschen

Cloven

02.19.17 – 02.25.17

Sean Sullivan

Sunset, Saudade Station

02.19.17 – 03.26.17

Peggy Casey

Gun Shadows

01.08.17 – 02.11.17

Matt Phillips

Yard Sale

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Steve Reber

copy, fax… cut and paste

10.30.16 – 12.17.16

offspace

Allison Wade

Know Better

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Alain Biltereyst

Not Just Because

08.28.16 – 10.15.16

Christine Tarkowski

Chthonic Void

04.03.16 – 05.14.16

Mike Andrews

The Friends and Family Plan

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Conrad Bakker

Untitled Project: Still Life / Style Leaf

02.21.16 – 03.26.16

offspace

Turquoise Sunset

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

Scott Wolniak

To Break is to Build

01.10.16 – 02.13.16

offspace

Amy Yoes

Structurals and Sightlines

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Christopher Michlig

To Everyone

11.01.15 – 12.12.15

Bradley Biancardi, Austin Eddy, Annie Hémond Hotte, Shara Hughes and Tracy Thomason

08.30.15 – 10.17.15

offspace

Steven Husby

myotherisanother

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Jessie Mott

What Creature Deserves Such Devotion

04.26.15 – 06.13.15

Cody Tumblin

Tell Tale

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

offspace

Angharad Davies

You Know That As Radiant

03.15.15 – 04.18.15

Leslie Baum + Allison Wade

01.31.15 – 03.07.15

Katy Cowan + Michael Milano

work : work

12.14.14 – 01.25.15

offspace

Monika Bartholomé

Night Walk

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

Aron Gent

Pure Pictures, Perfect Prints

10.26.14 – 12.06.14

offspace

Aaron Carpenter + Philip von Zweck

Cartoons + C.A.B.S.

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Franziska Holstein

Works on Paper

09.07.14 – 10.18.14

Seth Hunter

held/crushed

07.20.14 – 07.20.14

Mistakes Have Hidden Intention

05.25.14 – 06.28.14

Gerd Borkelmann

Different Every Day

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Mike Rea

Exile on Main Street

03.09.14 – 04.12.14

offspace

Felix Malnig

Fringe Area

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Craig Yu

Phantom Limb

01.26.14 – 03.01.14

Peter Fagundo

Model Questions for the Sun, the See and Other Things…

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

offspace

Sofia Leiby

The Drama of Leisure

12.15.13 – 01.18.14

Nathaniel Robinson

The Sensible Range

10.20.13 – 12.07.13

offspace

Alain Biltereyst

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Sterling Lawrence

If I Plucked You from the Sea

09.08.13 – 10.12.13

Matt Rich

Razors & Vapors

04.28.13 – 06.08.13

offspace

Vincent Hawkins

Flying Suit

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Nancy Ford

Land Loping

03.17.13 – 04.20.13

Rainer Spangl

UUUUU

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Shit is Real

new editions by Chicago artists

02.03.13 – 03.09.13

offspace

Nick Ostoff

Tracing

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

Allison Wade

The Rest of the More

12.16.12 – 01.26.13

offspace

Julia Hechtman

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

Christopher Michlig

10.14.12 – 12.08.12

offspace

Michael Pfisterer

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

Gary Stephan

08.26.12 – 10.06.12

06.10.12 – 07.21.12

Jin Lee

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

offspace

Dorothee Joachim + Richard Roth

04.22.12 – 06.02.12

I Surrender

03.11.12 – 04.14.12

offspace

Alexander Valentine

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Joshua Abelow

Songs from a Room

01.29.12 – 03.03.12

Mark Booth

The Sea is Represented by an Irregular Shape

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Scott Fortino

Unfurl

12.11.11 – 01.21.12

offspace

Andreas Karl Schulze

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

Evidence of the Material World

10.16.11 – 12.03.11

offspace

Sound & Vision

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Volker Saul

Rough Cuts

08.28.11 – 10.08.11

Leslie Baum

The eyes have it or how to win a staring contest with a monster

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

Works on Paper

05.22.11 – 07.02.11

offspace

MultipleMix

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Andreas Fischer + Melissa Pokorny

Kabinett 5

01.30.11 – 03.19.11

Britta Bogers, Mark Holmes, Jered Sprecher

Kabinett 4

12.05.10 – 01.22.11

Dana DeGiulio, Marie T Hermann, Anders Ruhwald

Kabinett 3

10.24.10 – 11.27.10

Richard Rezac + Gary Stephan

Kabinett 1 + 2

08.29.10 – 10.16.10

Paul Cowan + Matt Stolle

Causality without Cause

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

offspace

Wheatstone Stereoscope

07.18.10 – 08.15.10

Skies in Between

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Berlin Drawings

05.23.10 – 07.08.10

offspace

Visceral Geometries

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Nathaniel Robinson

de facto

04.11.10 – 05.18.10

Peter Otto

The Lodger

03.07.10 – 04.09.10

offspace

Heiner Blumenthal

A Hand-off Between

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Rodney Carswell

hither and yon (little prisons)

01.31.10 – 03.01.10

Home Wreckage

Subversive Musings on Domestic Ideals

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

offspace

Time, Trauma, Drama and Rhyme

12.06.09 – 01.24.10

Dagmar Varady

Redden

10.18.09 – 12.01.09