May 17 – June 26, 2019
Roll Up Project is pleased to present paintings by Tallulah Terryll. Terryll’s abstract compositions feature repeating patterns in bold colors. She draws inspiration from textiles, the printmaking process, everyday life, and natural landscapes.
The paintings featured in the Roll Up Project windows are compositions based on digital calendars. Terryll’s patterned blocks are a marked contrast to the neutral background, the unstructured time in the calendar. They leap out at the viewer, activating the painting and eclipsing the muted colors of the ground. The Calendar paintings are also a reflection on the way we arrange our waking hours. Contemporary calendars, especially those rendered on small screens, condense time into blocks that encourage us to seek out the spaces in between, the “free” time, to effectively fill it up.
Terryll’s paintings are also an exploration of space and scale in patterning. In Calendar Painting 4, the patterns include circles widely spaced, then tightly spaced, then overlapping to form a vesica piscis (pointed oval). Looking closely, viewers will see evidence of the overlapping pattern across the entire surface of the painting. Terryll has picked up elements of the pattern to highlight, and the underlying grid of pattern allows for a myriad of variations. She is selecting elements to bring to the front, and composing unique combinations out of a single pattern block.
Calendar Painting 1, Calendar Painting 2, and Calendar Painting 3 are on view in the Third Street windows. In Calendar Painting 2, the ring and flower patterns bring to mind historical textile patterns. The flower pattern appears again in Calendar Painting 1, acting as sheer layers over Marimekko-style oversized dots.
About the Artist
Tallulah Terryll is a painter and printmaker based in Oakland. Her artwork has been displayed at Totally Rad Gallery (Berkeley), The Compound Gallery (Oakland), Marion & Rose’s Workshop (Oakland), The Plastic Factory (Nagoya, Japan), and Black Lab Gallery (Seattle), among others. Terryll has been a printer at Magnolia Editions since 2006. She earned a BFA from Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle.
To learn more about Tallulah Terryll’s artwork, visit her website: https://tallulahterryll.com