Padraig Timoney

Galleria Raucci/Santamaria

A large group of paintings, extremely diverse in size, technique, and subject, were hung on the largest wall of the gallery, without any obvious common denominator. The viewer received no help in understanding the mechanisms that determined Padraig Timoney’s choices—a reticence typical of this Irish artist’s work. In this exhibition, “One Year Speaks Clear Some Years’ Peaks Clear,” Timoney drew us along a difficult path, in search of a theme.

Arranged on the upper portion of the wall, on a large canvas hung lengthwise, appeared some multicolored lettering. With difficulty, one could read the words DITHYRMETHITIC ACID—the title of the painting (all works 2005). The words are created within a minuscule grid made from small pieces of wood glued on to the canvas. Each letter is made up of colored squares, like pixels, while the spaces between the characters are painted with three narrow vertical

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