Tripoli Gallery: Miles Partington — ‘Where, where is the town’ / Opens 3.3



Miles Partington

Where, where is the town

March 3 – April 2, 2018

Opening reception:
Saturday, March 3, 5 – 7pm

Miles Partington, Shelf Life, 2017. Mixed media, 18-1/2 x 18-1/2 x 4 inches.


Tripoli Gallery is pleased to present Where, where is the town, its debut solo exhibition with East End artist Miles Partington. Featuring a menagerie of Partington’s sculptures and paintings this exhibition demonstrates the progression of his work over the years, bringing us current with his most recent work.  On view from March 3rd through April 2nd, 2018, the exhibition will open with a reception for the artist on Saturday, March 3rd from 5 to 7 pm, at 30a Jobs Lane, Southampton.

Where, where is the town pieces together a tale of the artist’s thoughts, uniting personal memories with shared earthly histories that span in time from ancient to modern. Utilizing a gamut of materials from plywood, Apoxie Clay, concrete, and cardboard, to cloth, yarn, and other found objects, each work is constructed to articulate—and in the process—discover the moments and impressions that have remained. Many of Partington’s sculptures are built in the framework of dioramas, incorporating windows that lead into a miniature yet familiar world. Within these frameworks, Partington records and preserves his subjects, a collection of animals as well as human characters: a lone bird, a little deer, an aging whale, a timeless shopkeeper, a jousting knight—from which a world emerges, much like a museum of the artist’s life.

Viewers are taken on a tour through Partington’s world as they step from the first room of the gallery to the second, transforming from observers of his subjects to participants among them, which leap in scale from miniatures to life-sized beings. From his anthropomorphized creatures to his surrealist studies—painted and sculpted self-portraits as well as animated paintings of letters and words—Partington blurs the lines between sculpture and painting, reality and fantasy, past and present, human and animal. He gracefully navigates the gray area in all divisions while challenging our definitions and understandings of painting and sculpture as two or three-dimensional objects.

Miles Partington (b. 1982, Southampton, NY) grew up on the East End, surrounded by art from a young age. He graduated from SUNY New Paltz in 2005 and interned for sculptor William King in 1996. Recent exhibitions in 2017 include Take Me Where Real Animals Are Playing at Art Space 98, as well as Motion Art Show at Ashawagh Hall, both in East Hampton. In 2016 Partington was included in East End Collected 2 at the Southampton Arts Center, as well as UnCommon at Ashawagh Hall, where he was a featured artist. Partington first exhibited with Tripoli Gallery in the Thanksgiving Collective 2012: Modern Salon, and most recently his sculptures were included in the gallery’s fundraiser exhibition Love Isabela: A Puerto Rico Fundraiser in 2017. Partington currently lives and works in Southampton.



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