Tim Lokiec

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Tim Lokiec
Tim Lokiec. This Drawing Is Just Very Sad and Pathetic, 2005, mixed media on paper
Born 1977
Cleveland, Ohio
Nationality American
Education Rhode Island School of Design.
Columbia University.
Known for Screen-printing

Tim Lokiec (pronounced "lock-itch")[1] (born 1977) is an artist based in New York City, New York. He creates multiple, disconnected images to make a work, often using pens, markers and screen-printing to address subjects including drugs, bathrooms, sex and rainbows.

Life and work[edit]

Tim Lokiec was born in Cleveland, Ohio. He received his BA from Rhode Island School of Design and his MA from Columbia University.

In May 2003, he took part in a group show in the Anton Kern gallery in New York, where the exhibits were mock album covers for the punk band, the Melvins.[2] The Artforum reviewer singled out Lokiec's contribution, Melvins Family with Haunted Parking Meter, 2003, as capturing the spirit of the band, "at first glance kind of crummy but, upon closer inspection, deeply and reliably dazzling."[2] The painting was of mottled shapes on linoleum, the meter being depicted with glowing eyes: "Though the painting itself is slouchingly modest, its subtle coloration—slivers of kelly green, mustard yellow, and frosting pink over a grotty brown ground—holds the eye."[2]

Lokiec had his first solo show, Plateau Sigma, at the LFL Gallery, Chelsea in June 2003, showing disconnected images composed of askew perspective, and maze-like doodles with acid colors depicting drug equipment, overflowing tubs in pink bathrooms, smoking, sex and rainbows,[3] typified as dealing mainly with the theme of teenage male-female relationships by Roberta Smith, who commented:

The clotted, druggy figurative paintings in Tim Lokiec's solo debut may be trying too hard, but they achieve a remarkable visual and emotional intensity, even when meaning and intention are hard to fathom.[4]

She also mentioned his "marvelous drawings", which he had been exhibiting previously in other venues and some of which were included in the show.[4]

At the same time he was also shown in the ATM Gallery, New York, in a "noteworthy group show".[5] Later that year in another group show, My people were fair and had cum in their hair (but now they're content to spray stars from your boughs), curated by Bob Nickas, at Team in New York, Lokiec's "cartoon grotesque of oral sex was intriguingly fierce and unresolved."[6]

He was shown in the 2004 Frieze Art Fair.[7] In 2005, he was one of three artists in the inaugural exhibition in Zenshi Mikami's Zenshi Gallery in Tokyo with two psychedelic drawings.[8][9]


  1. ^ Kostabi, Mark, "Ask Mark Kostabi", artnet.com, 2004. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  2. ^ a b c Raymond, Jon, "Dan McCarthy/'Melvins' ", artforum.com, 15 May 2003. Retrieved from Kantor/Feuer Gallery, 12 October 2008.
  3. ^ JBK, "Art Opening: Tim Lokiec's (MFA Visual Arts 2003) Plateau Sigma", Columbia University, 18 June 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Art in review: Tim Lokiec", The New York Times, July 18, 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  5. ^ Saltz, Jerry. "Rays of light", Village Voice, 21 January 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  6. ^ Moylan, Christopher, "Let's talk about sex", artcritical.com, December 2003. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  7. ^ "Frieze Art Fair: Yearbook 2004-5", contents listed by Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  8. ^ "Opening Exhibition: Tim Lokiec, Tomoko Sengoku, Tomomitsu Tada", tokyoartbeat.com, 2005. Retrieved 12 October 2008.
  9. ^ Itoi, Kay, "Report from Tokyo", artnet.com. Retrieved 12 October 2008.

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