In 2012, Tim Hailand was awarded a residency to live and work at Giverny - Monet’s former home and gardens. The room in which Tim lived was wallpapered in toile de Jouy, a kind of 18th century decorative pattern printed on cotton that depicts pastoral life in independent floating monochrome vignettes. Feeling that all aspects of a given environment are materials to be worked with, Hailand began printing his own inkjet photographic portraits of various sitters directly onto toile de Jouy and other fabrics that he selected.
Embracing theories of chaos and chance - allowing his photographic subjects to interact with the images of the fabric, Tim merges the flat with the three-dimensional without giving visual primacy to either. The works juxtapose the imaginary and the real, melding disparate anatomies and graphic styles in a dreamlike manner. In those instances when the patterns of the fabric continue beyond the boundaries of the modern imagery, the suggestion is that the present is invariably framed by the past. Often, the scale of Hailand’s heroic figures dwarfs those seen from the past. In different ways both are idealized and a dialogue of past and present is established. Hailand’s intentions are informed by philosophical considerations as well as his self-imposed visual imperatives. The work attempts to transcend decorative impulses and engage the viewer with the metaphysical world.
PARAMOUNT STUDIOS, LOS ANGELES