Our capacity and desire to experience wonder is usually buried by daily life. I want to create opportunities to reconnect with that sense of wonder, of surprise. I use intricate designs, unusual sounds and wacky construction to encourage moments of beauty or meaning inside a funhouse of playful creativity. Shared memories of play help me connect with people as they approach my work. I want people to set the world aside and enter the work, to see themselves, to be playful, to laugh. I hope to also layer that funhouse with deeper meaning that resonates and lasts, that references art and history, that makes people uncomfortable and pushes them to wonder why.
I tend to create objects that block obvious paths, illuminate unused space and highlight hidden architectural elements in our environments. Color fields and graphical interjections of three-dimensional line drawings into viewers space create unexpected barriers and alternate routes that enliven spaces previously taken for granted.
I want to surprise viewers into questioning their physical space and their way within it. Although architecture exists to make habitable spaces, it also exerts a sense of dominion over our lives; controlling our space. By challenging that control I hope to create unexpected paths for interacting with the spaces that surround us.
Tim Eads has exhibited across the United States with notable shows at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art; Museum of New Art in Detroit; and Sam Houston State University in Texas. Eads is the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the Weston A. Price Foundation Grant; Recycled Artist-in-Residency (RAIR) in Philadelphia and the Please Touch Museum Residency, also in Philadelphia. He is a visiting lecturer at Moore College of Art and Design and his work is found in several public collections: the West Collection, Oaks, PA; Kirkland Museum of Decorative Arts, Denver, CO and the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, PA. Eads’ received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2009, and is BFA from Texas Tech University in 2000.