TAMAR ZINN: At the still point

31 March - 7 May 2016

Kathryn Markel Fine Arts is pleased to present At the still point, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Tamar Zinn.


The title of Zinn’s new series is taken from T.S. Eliot’s “Burnt Norton” 


“At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;

Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,

But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,

Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,

Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,

There would be no dance, and there is only the dance.”


Each of Tamar Zinn’s paintings has reached the culminating moment when the compositional tension both activates and crystalizes the space. The relationship between defined geometry and ambiguous space releases the interaction of the elements, allowing the dance to begin.


With no preconceived endpoint, Zinn begins by layering thinned oil paint onto aluminum panels. She scrapes and sands the surface, slowly revealing the underlayers, until an atmospheric field begins to coalesce. She then adds geometric elements, continuing to work back into the field, until a moment of clarity – the still point – reveals itself.


Much of Tamar Zinn’s previous work, often created in series, references light within the context of a geometry that loosely suggests architecture. Over time, her focus shifted away from light and towards geometric compositions with visual syncopation. With the latest series, a subtle luminosity has returned to her work, which now incorporates both of these visual explorations.


Tamar Zinn has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States. Her work is in numerous public and private collections including the New-York Historical Society, Time Warner, Fidelity Investments, and Ernst & Young. She lives and works in New York City.