Ted Twine, Holes in the Veil, 2019, Acrylic and oil on canvas, 48 x 96 in

Ted Twine: Deep Flat Theory

December 2, 2022 – January 7, 2023

Palos Verdes Art Center / Beverly G. Alpay Center for Arts Education is pleased to present Ted Twine: Deep Flat Theory. Proof of vaccination is required for attendance in accordance with PVAC policy.

Influences as varied as Tantric art, the cut-outs of late-stage Matisse, and historic Japanese painting and woodblock printing have found their way into Ted Twine’s art. An exploration of consciousness and perception is at the root of Twine’s approach to image making. Flatness of backgrounds and of shapes, with no attempt to create the illusion of three-dimensional space, allows the shape itself to be assertive.

Shape is made apparent by its color. Depth is suggested within a relatively flat field with lines branching along the surface, suggesting perpendicular space. Seeing both possibilities at the same time is the key to deep flat” vision.

The phrase deep flat” suggests a coexistence of oppositional or contrasting characteristics, like universal/personal, hard/soft, bright/muted, serious/humorous. Twine believes that good art, whether visual, literary or musical, tends to stretch our minds to absorb, rather than resist, paradox, invoking the imagination and establishing “a viewpoint beyond normal perception and understanding.”

Ted Twine was born in Japan and grew up in San Pedro, CA. He received his B.A. from UC Santa Barbara. Later, he spent four years in Japan, then returned to San Pedro in 1984, where he has lived since. Twine’s art is in corporate collections including Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard, Bain and Co., and hotel and resort properties internationally, such as Apria Hotel, Mandalay Bay and others.