February 22 to March 29
The March of Time

Tim Vermeulen (Main Gallery)






Tim Vermeulen's oil paintings are small, figurative, autobiographical narratives. The narratives, while formed through self-portraiture, are often based on established stories or series from literary sources (e.g. Dante's Inferno, Homer's Odyssey, The 7 Deadly Sins). The sources are put into a contemporary context, and they refer to issues that may be personal, social, political, and/or religious. The dramas symbolize internal states, social conflicts, and past traumas. While the settings are often familiar, there are unsettling, disquieting circumstances that speak to the mysterious and contradictory nature of existence. Objects, settings, and human interactions carry symbols of the subconscious and collective memory.

The 14 diptychs in The March of Time are based on the Biblical passage Ecclesiastes 3 (….A time to be born, and a time to die…. etc.). This is a meditation on the passing of time and the dialectical nature of existence. The 18th century theologian Matthew Henry proposed that this passage concerns three things: "the mutability of all human affairs, the immutability of the divine counsels concerning them, and the unsearchableness of those counsels."

In these diptychs, the paired thoughts of each verse become a springboard for a journey or pilgrimage inside the self. The meditations may suggest a void at the center of our lives, while at the same time glimpsing the possibility of overcoming insufficiency, degradation, humiliations, and vulnerabilities.

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