In Unreal Estate, Austin-based serigraph artist Tim Doyle re-imagines familiar locales from popular culture in a series of hand-printed screenprints and original art. Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, California is hosting a solo exhibition of these pieces beginning with the opening reception on February 2, 2012 from 6 PM until 10 PM. The show runs through February 23, 2012.
From Moe’s Tavern to the Bluth Banana Stand, Doyle’s realistic and illustrative reinterpretations of television’s most iconic places is a captivating voyage. In the artists words, “Unreal Estate’ is a collection of locations that many of us know and have been to on a weekly basis at times, but can never actually visit. These places are in our memories transmitted and entrenched there through a cathode-ray tube. Some of us have been going to these places for decades, some of these places were taken from us, way too soon.”
For these pieces Doyle moved away from his usually big bold colors and comic-book line quality to create a more illustrative style, with muted tones and colors that reflect a mood or time of day. He attempts to preserve and honor the non-physical spaces found in this show with the same care and intention given to iconic real world locations. This series is one artist’s intensely personal journey through a world which is universal to us all.
images via Spoke Art Gallery