Hayley Tompkins
October 11 - November 15, 2003
516 West 20th Street

My street's very, very quiet, and no-one brings anyone in here - it's very private.
But there are these motor homes and
20 people in black suits,
standing in the middle of my street, So I pull up.
In my car and I've got my hair pulled back - and he
starts to take pictures. No make-up, no nothing.
So I said, "Fine" I see myself like that every day.
I think I'm very free. On + on.
Once you overcome an obstacle,
You springboard into the future.

Borrow it.
His / her / it's life activity. Conscious life activity.
Find it.

Life is interesting and short
It's not supposed to be easy, and if it is
You're probably just in denial and you're existing here
Like a zombie.
No zombies.
That's what I love about -

-Sue Tompkins

Andrew Kreps Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Hayley Tompkins. Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Tompkins has recently participated in exhibitions at Galerie Krinzinger in Vienna, Austria and at The Modern Institute in Glasgow. This is her second solo exhibition at Andrew Kreps Gallery.

The exhibition features Tompkins' trademark watercolors on paper as well as paintings on wooden board, a new medium for her. Tompkins sees these paintings on board as an "attempt to retrieve images of other paintings in my mind. Like remembering. The paintings feel aged to me already, like I am making ready-made objects and inserting them into history straight away."

In this exhibition, a number of works will be hung on a large cubical structure built in the center of the gallery space. As viewers navigate around the structure, Tompkins' installation unfolds. The artist sees encountering the structure as "a gestalt, 'unwhole' experience" because only one part of the exhibition will be visible at a time. The four walls of the box-structure provide a stage of sorts, where the paintings are installed to express their distinctive qualities. Some of the works contain references to stage or costume design. Tompkins cites Malevich, Sonia Delunay and Oskar Schlemmer as influential for their work, as well as for their holistic approaches as artists-cum-stage designers. Other works in the exhibition are hung to emphasize their surreal content.