Ted Kincaid
The Terrible Truth/The Beautiful Lie

Talley Dunn Gallery
March 2 – April 13, 2013

February 1, 2013 – Talley Dunn Gallery is pleased to present its first exhibition of new work by celebrated artist Ted Kincaid.  THE TERRIBLE TRUTH / THE BEAUTIFUL LIE will open with an evening reception for the artist on Saturday, March 2nd from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.  The artist will also give a talk on Saturday, March 23rd at 2:00 PM.

With the five series of imagery represented in THE TERRIBLE TRUTH / THE BEAUTIFUL LIE, Kincaid continues his exploration into the many possibilities embodied within digitally manufactured compositions and pursues his investigation into the assumed veracity of the photographic image.  While technically challenging and complex with their constructed layers of imagery, Kincaid’s Nocturnal Landscape 108 and Open Sea 731 capture the elusive beauty of the sublime found within the natural world, often with a wistful sensibility. 

Much to the viewer’s surprise, however, the artist has skillfully fabricated the landscapes to appear as though the images have been “taken” with the camera or re-printed from historic negatives reminiscent of 19th century photography. Whereas the nocturnal landscapes are fabricated completely from scratch, Kincaid’s lunar images, seascapes and vibrantly colored cloud formations highlight the artist’s commanding ability to deconstruct and reconfigure compelling pictures that dazzle the eye and challenge the mind.

A highlight of the exhibition is Kincaid’s Thunderhead 11513, a breathtaking 10’ wide cloud composition that began as an actual photograph but through digital alteration has morphed into an otherworldly image that appears to hover and float within the gallery. Viewers will also have the opportunity to see Kincaid’s special study for the commission he created for the Omni Dallas Hotel.  This smaller-scale work provides a rare glimpse into the artist’s unique process and inspiration.

For the past twenty years, Kincaid’s artwork has featured the interplay between painting and photography, at times referencing to the Pictorialist style that dominated photography during the late 19th century, while creating new forms of his own.

As one of the most recognized and respected artists from Texas, Kincaid’s artwork has been featured in more than one hundred exhibitions throughout his career.  The artist’s work is represented in the permanent collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Museum of Fine Arts, San Antonio, the Neiman Marcus Collection, American Airlines, the Belo Corporation, the Omni Dallas Hotel, the Microsoft Corporation, Pfizer, Inc., Reader’s Digest Corporate Collection, the City of Seattle, Washington, the U.S. Department of State, and the Human Rights Campaign Headquarters in Washington, DC.