Tiffany Pollack

June 23 – July 29, 2016

Meditation (1), 2016

Oil on canvas

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Meditation (2), 2016

Oil on canvas

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Meditation (3), 2016

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Tiffany Pollack

Meditation (4), 2016

Oil on canvas

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Meditation (1), 2016

Oil on canvas

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Meditation (2), 2016

Oil on canvas

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Meditation (3), 2016

Oil and Acrylic on Canvas

36 x 48 in. (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Tiffany Pollack

Meditation (4), 2016

Oil on canvas

36 x 48 in (91.44 x 121.92 cm)

Press Release

Tiffany Pollack

Thursday, June 23rd - Friday, July 29th, 2016

 

Tanja Grunert is pleased to announce Tiffany Pollack: Holding Space, the next exhibition at her gallery.

 

Pollack’s exhibition Holding Space explores the ways she has held space for herself and her family, and the ways in which it has been held for her. Her interest in this concept began as she prepared for the birth of her first child, when her mother transferred ephemera from Pollack’s own childhood, including books and a shoebox of cassette tapes of stories, music and recordings of Pollack’s vocal interactions with her parents as a young child.

 

“Holding space,” as a term used to define a safe, healer-created container that supports growth and transformation, came into focus for Pollack over the past year as she began to seek support in the meditation and yoga community.

 

“We all hold space. There is a continuum on which we provide support by observing mindfully, letting go of judgment. I’ve found that if I practice awareness and gratitude, and surrender my thought illusions around fear, anger and control, I feel closer to Love, Self-Actualization, God, The Infinite, or whatever you want to call It –It’s so profound I find that assigning words feels limiting.” -Tiffany Pollack.

 

Through paintings, videos, and copper engravings Pollack relates various interwoven narratives. Personal experiences, storybooks from her own childhood, and documentation of her children, mother, and self are abstracted to convey the surreal internal impressions left by life experiences.

 

The video Holding Space illustrates parallels between her own interactions with her mother, and in turn, the relationship with her children by presenting Iphone video of the artist and her children, followed by audio recording between the artist and her mother in 1982.

 

Supplementing the exhibition Pollack has posted recordings and videos at vimeo.com/tiffanypollack.

 

Holding Space is Tiffany Pollack’s third one-person exhibition at Tanja’s gallery. She studied painting at Rhode Island School of Design, worked in galleries in Chelsea for over ten years and will pursue a Masters in Art Therapy at NYU beginning September 2016. Pollack is also in teacher training for both Breathwork Meditation and Khalsa Way Prenatal Yoga. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and children ages 3 and 6. 

 

The exhibition takes place in the lower level space at Galerie Tanja Grunert. The gallery will be open from 10 AM until 6 PM Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery will be open according to Summer hours (Monday through Friday) beginning Tuesday July 5, 2016 )

works in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and children ages
3 and 6.

 

 

 

I was introduced to the term “Holding Space” a little over a year ago. I sat in a circle of strangers trying to focus on my breath and follow a guided meditation and the thought “What if I forget everything?” followed by “Why would anyone ever want to do this?” volleyed back and forth between my ears.

 

Then the facilitator said something like “Your brain’s job is to make thoughts. When you have a thought you can be grateful for it and let it go. A lot of the thoughts are old programs that don’t true up to reality. Meditation can help you hold space for the updated version of yourself.”

 

I most certainly did not focus on that next breath. “Shit.” I thought, “I’m currently programming my children’s future “old programs.” Followed by “Could I be a good enough mom that their “old programs” will always true up to reality?” 

 

And then the facilitator said something like “Notice your next in-breath. You don’t need to change it, or control it.” I couldn’t even do that. I totally deepened my in-breath. 

 

Then it hit me. My kids needed me to notice them. Not change them. Not control them. Just really observe them with gratefulness and awe. Skip the self-obsessed idea that I could control “future ‘old programs’” and just be in love.

 

We all hold space every minute of our lives. There is a continuum on which we provide support without judgment. When we get close to Holding Space with awareness we touch the infinite source of love. 

 

I painted images of what I saw often in my mind’s eye during the relaxation phase of Breathwork meditation; deep red versions of my stomach and legs, and the first images of my babies following their births as the healing electric pulses in my hands integrated the trauma and regret around holding myself to a standard of mothering that necessitated criticism and judgment. 

 

I painted images from a book titled “Pussy Willow” that my mother read to me as a child, and that I read to my own children. These paintings started, I thought, because I loved the images. The last line “‘Everything that anyone would ever look for is usually where they find it,’ purred Pussy Willow,” suggests that the story actually had a deeper resonance for me.

 

I created a triptych that illustrates a story called “The Three Wishes.” I listened to it on a cassette tape of many stories about the number three while I was going to bed as a child. Judgment and criticism played a significant role in this story and in her personal relationships.