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Preview: Tim Biskup’s “Charge” at Martha Otero Gallery

When we last heard from Tim Biskup (here), he was reaching into the annals of the avant-garde movement, blending his signature, quilt-like painting style with references to the great artists of the early 20th century. But this indulgence in Modernism proved to be a passing phase, though it continues to be an influence in his work. For his upcoming solo show at Martha Otero Gallery in LA, "Charge," Biskup is more frenetic than ever. Read more after the jump.

When we last heard from Tim Biskup (here), he was reaching into the annals of the avant-garde movement, blending his signature, quilt-like painting style with references to the great artists of the early 20th century. But this indulgence in Modernism proved to be a passing phase, though it continues to be an influence in his work. For his upcoming solo show at Martha Otero Gallery in LA, “Charge,” Biskup is more frenetic than ever.

Each painting is like entering a mosh pit at a punk show after taking hallucinogenic drugs (not that we recommend this). Characters of different proportions explode with colors like the refracted light of a prism, playing off of the multi-layered backgrounds, which conceal detailed line drawings within the fury of multi-colored patterns. The new work in “Charge” ranges in size, the largest piece being the impressive A Subtle Advertisement for Mind-Numbing Pain (above), which spans a whopping 144 by 96 inches. The exhibition is on view September 28 through November 2. Take a look at our preview of “Charge” below.

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