The Holly Johnson gallery in Dallas has a small exhibition of works by Jackie Tileston right now that I really enjoyed. The gallery is very nice, and the show contained mostly paintings, the collage I included below, and a few drawings in the back room.
I thought the work was beautiful and innovative and that Tileston’s viewpoint was very clear and distinctively hers, and she did things I’d never seen before. It was all very cohesive, tied together by her small, usually circular symbols, her recurring motifs, her color palette, and her common materials like linen and oil. Though it was cohesive, it was not boring or too repetitive; all of the paintings were nice. I was obsessed with one painting and the way it had glitter on it, but it took glitter out of its normal context and made it look sort of dirty and grungy.
My only complaint about the show is that one of the pieces was behind the front desk and the receptionist working there, and as a shy person I avoided looking at that piece because I didn’t want to seem like I was staring. This is a silly problem to have but I feel like it might not be as uncommon as you'd think. I thought they should have put a piece from their permanent collection at that spot.