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Tim Bavington

Mark Moore Gallery

I think of Tim Bavington as a kind of bartender. Trained in Las Vegas, America’s speakeasy for broad definitions of aesthetic activity (where he was mentored and championed by resident aesthete Dave Hickey), he serves up exotic cocktails on canvas, which like all exotic cocktails, necessitate odd names. Bavington borrows his titles, such as Crossroad Blues and Aqualung, from songs and albums by classic-rock bands like Cream and Jethro Tull. Composed of vertical stripes rendered in unmasked, airbrushed acrylic spray on canvas, Bavington’s latest paintings (all works 2002) balanced precision and fuzziness, premeditation and intuitive expression. Combining an incredible number of colors, these canvases sometimes were amazing recipes of subtle layering, and sometimes seemed more like suicide drinks.Either way, you were happy to be served by someone who understands indulgence: Their colors were

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