catching the rainbow: Image-maker tim whiten in conversation with jarrett earnest

an online exhibition curated by anne brodzky
may 4 - july 31, 2015

Opening Reception: May 17, 2:00-4:00 PM
                                   Inn at the Presidio, 42 Moraga Avenue, San Francisco 


Film still by Michael Hurlbut


"Tim Whiten's work charts this sacred precinct, the place where inner and outer meet, where there is no division between the real world and the private self."

Dale McConathy


Hallelujah I, 2014. Lilac branches, 58” x 72” x 12”



Video courtesy of Peter Foley, Michael Hurlbut and Michael Lobel



 Energy Patterns from the Center (Book of Light), 2014. Coffee, spray enamel, graphite; 22.25" x 15” 



His Patterns II, 2014. Coffee and graphite; 22.75" x 30”



"It's the breath of heartbeat and the natural rhythms that take place in the body which are translated into the paper, into the mark."

Tim Whiten


 His Patterns I, 2014 (detail). Coffee and graphite; 22.75" x 30”


"All of the rhythmic processes are literally like breathing, and allowing new life to flow in all the time. So in that way, drawing is like breathing, it's like cleaning, it's like being free."

- Tim Whiten

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One, One, One, 2002. Cast glass, rolled glass, metal; 62”x3”x8.” Coll. de Young Museum, San Francisco.



"Work takes us to another world."

- Tim Whiten 

"Translation of broom, skulls, plumb bob, and rolling pin into vitreous matter spiritualizes them."

Robert Farris Thompson


Mary’s Permeating Sign (edition of 2), 2006. Cast and sand-blasted glass; 24” x 4.5” x 4.5”


T After Tom (Plumb Bob), 2002 (detail). Cast glass, brass; 8”x3” 



"The nature of the color is also rhythmic... Color is a vibration, experiences are a vibration."

- Tim Whiten

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Perceval I, 2013. Lead crystal; 7" x 6" x 9"

After Phaeton, 2013. Handcrafted crystal clear glass, ionized glass, brass fittings; 66” x 96” x 23” 


"The disc mounted on top of the chariot. Of glass mottled pale pink and blue, dawn colours. It is not a sphere but a thin disc which shrinks to a line when looked at from the front or back of the chariot and expands to a full circle looked at from the sides, a circuit around the chariot which I think the disc urges you to make. Making you the moving sun to the chariot’s stationary earth. With the radius of your orbit set by the length of the shaft that extends forward from the front of the chariot."

- Nicholas Johnson



Travel Stik, 2012. Handcrafted crystal clear glass, acrylic and rayon cord; 32.25" x 15" x 6"


"In the mid-1980s he started working with glass... This transformation—from opaque to transparent; from durable to fragile; from solid to liquid to solid-like liquid —is a profound transformation. It speaks of Whiten’s chief concern—perceptual and spiritual transformation."

Jarrett Earnest



Film still by Michael Hurlbut.




This second edition of MERIDIAN STUDIO VISITS online was made possible by the vision of Theres Rohan and the support of Director Anne Brodzky. 

Special thanks to:
Tim Whiten
Jarrett Earnest
Peter Foley
Michael Hurlbut
Michael Lobel
Pamela Grombacher
Meghan Scott
Cascade Crystal Studio
Olga Korper, Olga Korper Gallery

Please direct media inquiries and interview requests to Pamela Grombacher at
Donations accepted.


Rose, 1998-2000. Sandblasted stone, site-specific sculpture. Tree Museum.



Earnest, Jarrett. "The Marriage of the Skull and the Rose." San Francisco Arts Quarterly, November 25, 2013.

Farris Thompson, Robert. "The Art of Tim Whiten." In Darker, ever darker; Deeper, always deeper: The Journey of Tim Whiten. Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, 2010.

Johnson, Nicholas. Letter submitted to The Globe and Mail, 2013.

McConathy, Dale. "Tim Whiten: 'Darker, ever darker; Deeper, always deeper." In Darker, ever darker; Deeper, always deeper: The Journey of Tim Whiten. Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, 2010.

Whiten, Tim. Catching the Rainbow: Image-Maker Tim Whiten in Conversation with Jarrett Earnest. Videography by Michael Hurlbut and Michael Lobel, edited by Peter Foley. Meridian Gallery, San Francisco, 2015.