Vincent Tiley: Rope Paintings

Vicent Tiley introduces ‘How Bats Drink Water,’ his first exhibition at Zeit Contemporary Art, New York. This is also the first exhibition to focus on Tiley’s Rope Paintings, a group of works executed between 2016 and 2019 that are firmly tied to ideas of the body, its absence, and the material elements of sexuality. In these works, Tiley evokes the body without relying on figuration or narrative while referencing particular modernist touchstones like abstract expressionism, minimalism and geometric abstraction. By using knots and binding methods of Shibari, a form of erotic bondage with origins in 18th- and 19th-century Japan, Vincent Tiley forcibly ties these works to notions of exquisite control and performed eroticism.