Torey Thornton


Shh. Come inside. It’s so warm., 2014
Acrylic, velvet and collage on wood panel
72 x 86 inches
182.9 x 218.4 cm

Some Narrow Sleeping

Torey Thornton’s exhibition, titled Some Narrow Sleeping, includes several bodies of work, all sharing a common thread. For the past year, the artist has been playing with the idea of perception – how the mind perceives an image. His paintings involve visual manipulations of scale and perspective, which inherently confuses interpretation – what might appear as a horizon line to one person could look like a tabletop to another. For instance, he may place a car on a “horizon” line next to a bowl of fruit. Is the car a toy, or is the fruit a giant sculpture? He is interested in the dialogue between objects and forms as they interact on the picture plane, and how the mind reacts to these unorthodox compositions, in turn.

Thornton employs a similar distortion approach with his sculptural work, just through a different medium and dimension. He selects materials, either found or constructed from scratch, to create final objects that appear to be several things, simultaneously. Is it a pizza or a rug? Through scale shifts, or shaping the sculptures to appear as something familiar, he alters the idea of what domestic objects are or what the definition of a domestic object can be. Thornton’s works confuse the viewer by distorting form and using materials that interfere with what the mind wants to see.

Torey Thornton (b. 1990, Macon, GA) graduated from Cooper Union in 2013. His work has been shown both nationally and abroad, including solo exhibitions at Galerie Torri, Paris, FR; and at Karma, New York, NY. Recent group exhibitions include Live And Let Die, Modern Art, London, UK; Forever, Metropolitan Art Society, Beirut, LB; and Don’t Look Now, Zach Feuer Gallery, New York, NY. Some Narrow Sleeping is Thornton’s Los Angeles debut and first solo exhibition at OHWOW.

Sep 06 - Oct 11, 2014

937 N. La Cienega Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90069

Opening reception
Saturday, September 6, 2014