Thursday, September 17, 2015

New studio/POST 2015

1241 Carpenter Street is the new address for my attempting alchemy.

My studio is now located at 1241 Carpenter Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, #200. Come by and visit on Oct. 3rd or 4th during the first weekend of the Philadelphia Open Studio Tours and while you're here, stop by the studios of several other artists in the building, in addition to guest artists. I will have a selection of new and older works, plus possibly some new works in progress. Visit my POST artist page here: Tim McFarlane: POST

My building is also a stop on the Philadelphia Open Studio Trolley Tours, so if you or someone you know is interested in a guided tour of artist's studios that weekend, find more information here:

If the trolley tours aren't your thing, and you aren't driving, my studio has plenty of public transportation options nearby, including the Broad Street Subway (Ellsworth/Federal stop), nearby bus routes including the 64 (east and west on Washington Ave.), 4 (north/south on Broad Street), 23 on 12th St. (south) and 11th St. (north).

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback: Stratum I (2007)

Stratum I, 2007, acrylic on canvas, 60" x 72"

This painting was first shown during my 2007 solo exhibition at the Philadelphia Art Alliance. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Untitled Still No. 4 (gold)

Untitled Still No. 4 (gold)
Photo collage

New edit of a photo that I took last winter as part of a self portrait project. 

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Moving the studio, pt. 1

For the past month, all I've been packing, packing, culling, packing, culling doing more packing and generally being overwhelmed with the amount of work that I have with me. That, and the fact that the new studio will be much smaller than my present one. Although I've gotten rid of some old work that I really didn't need to keep around any more, it feels like I've barely made a dent. It feels like I have way too much work with me.

I knew that this move was going to cause me to have to make some changes and adjust to a new reality and it's already happening. I'm going to have to re-evaluate my relationship to the amount of work that I make. I can't help myself most of the time, because, well, this is what I do. However,  seeing how much work I've made over the past thirteen years that I'll be moving puts things into perspective a bit. It seems like I need to slow down with the quantity of work that I make and find a way to sell more.

Wednesday, July 01, 2015


The time has come. After 13 good years here in Old City, I will be relocating my studio during the first week of August. Another entity in the building is expanding and I can't compete on price in that area, so I'm going. My landlord was nice enough to give me 8 months notice back in March (my lease officially ends at the end of December). I started looking around almost as soon as I found out. I just found a new work space yesterday. It's smaller than my present space and will require some very creative storage solutions because of the amount of work that I have with me. One upside is that my new studio will be only 2 blocks from my apartment, so that's a good thing. I've wanted to have a space really close to where I live for a while now, and thankfully my timing was really good. 

So, of course there are the expected mix of emotions: some sadness for having to leave such a good space that has been instrumental in helping me make some of my best work, so far. On the other hand, this move is a chance to shake things up a bit and make room for new things to happen. I feel like I was more ready for this to happen than I previously thought. I mean, the writing was on the wall, with all of the new construction of high-end condos going on at 3rd & Market, not even a half block away, I was going to have to move sooner or later. Thankfully, several things fell into place, including my landlord's generous notice and some funds becoming available to make relocating easier than it could have been. 

I'm still unsure about how I'm going to deal with the size of the space that I'm moving into, but I'm going to have to make it work. I've looked around a bit at a variety of potential studio spaces and having to re-enter the studio rental market after 13 years was a little tough in terms of how far my present budget will go. However, the convenience of being this close to home is a huge plus for me. The storage issue, however, is going to present some challenges. I'm working out something with my new landlord which is going to ease the problem, but I know that I'm gong to have to cull some much older work in order to make this new situation work without having to look at another monthly bill for storage on top of rent. I'm working on that issue and already have some potential solutions. Tomorrow, I'm going to begin the process of looking at everything that I have in the studio and determining what I want and what I should keep of the pre-2000 paintings. Then, I have to determine exactly what to do with works that are the weak links. I'm sure that I'll be destroying some things that I know I don't need to have around any more, as I have in the past. Culling artwork every so often is a good practice and it has helped me a lot in years gone by. It's time to get moving on to the next phase of my art life. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Everything Happens At Once

Everything Happens At Once, 2013, acrylic on panel, 72" x 48" (diptych-two panels, 36" x 48" each)

A favorite of mine from 2013, shown here by itself and in an installation photo from my 2013 solo exhibition, Presence, at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. On the left is Large Green Mirror, 2013, acrylic on panel, 48" x 36".

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Show at BMG

 A bit of promo that I made up for my works in the Summer Show (group exhibition) at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery. The show continues until August 29th and the gallery's summer hours are: Monday-Friday, 10am-6pm.