new-york

The Tinklers

Sharpe Gallery

The Tinklers’ performances, books, and paintings are the product of a collaboration between two artists who explore the role that human folly, in particular the concept of manifest destiny, has played in the formation of American and world history. Their subjects have ranged from the discovery of the Americas to the development of the Coop City housing project in the Bronx. The paintings in this exhibition address the destruction of the earth’s environment. Works such as Rainforest Triptych, 1989, Uranium, 1989, and Oil, 1989, highlight environmental issues that have been in the press recently and have caused great public concern.

The format that the Tinklers employ is deliberately archaicized in order to express a folkloric, wide-eyed perspective on history. Each painting employs such folk- art conventions as aerial, bird’s-eye views, the central placement of the main subject, and the

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