Jackie Tileston

Holly Johnson Gallery

Jackie Tileston layers images expressed in a pluralized vocabulary. In a single painting, she will typically combine photographic transfers, atmospheric fields of rubbed-on dry pigment, painted details appropriated from classical Chinese landscapes, and boldly incongruous slabs of color. Her recent show in Dallas, “Phenomorama,” comprised seven mixed-media paintings on linen and five works on paper that reflect her varied background (the artist was born in the Philippines, raised in a number of countries in Asia and Europe, and now lives in Philadelphia). But her wide-ranging pictorial vocabulary is due to more than her multinational life; her painting practice is not simply a matter of scrapbooking tourist mementos. Rather, it suggests an inventive engagement with the world.

The Uppermost Highest . . . (all works 2008), is a five-by-six-foot collision of soft, airy spaces and crisp, sharply

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