Sara Issakharian 4654 W Washington Blvd, LA 21 October – 11 November 2023
Alejandro Cesarco ‘Conditionals’ Kurfürstenstraße 24/25, Berlin 4 November – 16 December 2023
Signs of Life
Moravian Gallery, Brno
21 September 2023 – 31 March 2024
Tanya Leighton, Berlin
4 November – 16 December 2023
A leap into the Void
GAMeC – Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo
2 February – 28 May 2023
Screening: Ricerche: Two
Contemporanea International Film Festival, Turin
13 – 17 October 2023
It’s Human Nature?
Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
2 September – 19 November 2023
The land describes itself
Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis, Missouri
8 March – 4 August 2024
Under the Moon, Beneath the Flowers
Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles
9 September – 14 October 2023
Award: 2023 Baloise Art Prize
Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles
Tanya Leighton, Los Angeles
Beyond the Page: South Asian Miniature Painting and Britain, 1600 to Now
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
7 October 2023 – 28 January 2024
All Crescendo, No Reward
Zabludowicz Collection, London
28 September 2023 – 4 February 2024
Solo exhibition (curated by Alberto Salvadori)
Fondazione ICA Milano
Publication: The Man Who Envied Women
Kirsty Bell, Elisabeth Lebovici, Bart van der Heide, Nana Adusei-Poku et al., published by Bierke
Audain Gallery, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver
17 October – 14 December 2024
Kunsthal Thy, Denmark
Oakville Galleries, Gairloch Gardens, Toronto
1 October – 30 December 2023
The Lives of Documents—Photography as Project
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal
3 May 2023 – 3 March 2024
Tanya Leighton, established in 2008, is dedicated to developing a cross-disciplinary, trans-generational gallery programme with off-site projects, in collaboration with artists, filmmakers, critics, art historians, and curators. Its international exhibition programme reflects a variety of opinions and practices as well as Leighton’s associations with American and British experimental cinema, artist’s film and video, performance, minimal and conceptual art.
Director: Tanya Leighton
Associate Director, LA: Andrew McNeely
Associate Director, Berlin: Melanie García
Director of Special Projects: Alana Parpal
Operations Director: Adina Laub
Gallery Manager: Zheng Zhang
Gallery Assistant: Paula Vogels
Finance Manager: Shuai Wang
Head Technician: Dominic Samsworth
Tanya Leighton Berlin
Kurfürstenstraße 156 & 24/25
Berlin 10785 DE
Tanya Leighton Los Angeles
4654 W Washington Blvd
LA 90016 CA
Open Tuesday – Saturday
11–6pm and by appointment
Open Wednesday – Saturday
11–5pm and by appointment
12 March – 17 April 2021, Tanya Leighton, Berlin
"Over the apparatus of the Spring is drawn A constructed festival of pulleys from sky." –W.S. Graham
Two figures lie on grass. A yellow sun is above a field. Blue clouds drift in sky. Light grows and fades as Earth changes its face, while horizons pretend to be straight. A party of lit planets are with a jaunty crescent moon. A sky is red, or we feel the sensation of heat.
Antonio Ballester Moreno’s paintings show events which shape our days, the weights and pulleys through which time takes place. We rarely watch in one swoop the full arc of the sun across the sky and daylight, among other things, interrupts our planetary scenes. Yet we live by these movements and love to track our time with them. The sun rises, bodies emerge into view, and light and seasons shift, inevitably to cycle back around.
The scale and stature of the human form are vital to these paintings. The things we know, we recognise in relation to our own moving, malleable bodies with sensing matter and light-shaping eyes. This work is grounded in perception, where things are seen as part of a greater whole. But it is easy not always to remember the rotation of Earth when the sun rises and sets.
Just as the human position is embedded in these paintings, so we interact with vast canvases in particularly human ways, recognising scenes in their forms and responding to their configurations from our own standing frame. Yet their perspective is often flattened and open-ended, affording us freedom also to imagine gazing down onto a sun or being high among the clouds.
Ballester Moreno’s use of colour is symbolic, though no less rooted in matter and substance. Light emerges from the sun and its yellowness spreads across earth and sky, so that one reflects the other. In one painting, ‘Half Sun’, yellow sky vibrates around a cut-away silvery gleam. In others, clouds are patterns of floating water globes which make shade. Light and watery blue make living green. Red brings another element: fire or warmth. The night sky hosts bodies of light.
You can feel the playfulness of the artist’s process. Cumulus shapes appear as if cut, resembling their collaged models. The paintings all, though, have a warm and rich material substance, having been made out of liquid paint applied in layers across fibrous unprepared jute. They do not hide that they are composed collections of ingredients; rather, they suggest the infinite possibilities their components could make. There is something imaginative and ‘picture-book’ in our response to them, conjuring up mid-states, anticipating future moods and complementary motifs, a kind of collective creativity being released.
Ballester Moreno’s paintings show a love for patterns, systems and abstracting processes. Like a number of twentieth-century artists, the reality he shows is visually condensed, a hand-built schema of colours and shapes. Yet his abstract forms are explicitly rooted in humanness and the natural world, often more like a kind of living landscape painting, romantic poem or image of the sublime. With both meditative calmness and the sense of slow constant change, they strike a delicate balance between movement and still restraint. But together, they form a collection of connected parts in conversation. A sense of cycles builds, and we might each take comfort from plotting our own days upon these succulent scenes.
– Rachel Rose Smith