212GALLERY is pleased to present Painting By Night, an exhibition of new paintings by New York-based artist Chris Churchill.
Mining both figuration and abstraction to combine the two opposing tendencies, and hiding the representational in the non, Churchill's drawings and paintings are a feedback loop made up of their mutual interaction.
Purple, lilac, rose, salmon, coral, baby blue, black. Black - but a black of color and light. An overabundance of white light equaling death, which in turn equals a pure void. This void is not meant as a record but instead allows another way of seeing what is present but has become obscured or hidden from view in our waking world; a dark romanticism recalling that "Allegories are, in the realm of thoughts, what ruins are in the realm of things."1
Walter Benjamin, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Haruki Murakami, and Walt Whitman: let these names shed light through the power they contain and transmit that luminescence. Counting the grains of sand is as important as naming all the stars. The Art of the Past, The Art of the Future, This Now-Moment we are living in, the moments of the work's making. The old gods buried deep in weeds; everything is deep in weeds, deep in memory. The places Surrealism has hinted at are here. Walk through a door that was always there, always open - since the cave paintings - reach into this source of collective experience, the vision of the birth of all things before there was an eye that might see it. Before rods and cones, before time - the origin, the Aleph, from which all things are visible at all times.
In conjuction with the exhibition, Elk Books will release Churchill's book Lovers, House Plants, and Black Paintings, which will be available at 212GALLERY (Aspen), Printed Matter (New York), Desert Island (Brooklyn), Family (Los Angeles), and 2nd Cannons Publications.
Churchill has participated in museum exhibitions in the United States and Europe.
His work resides in public collections including those of The Portland Art Museum, The Cranbrook Museum of Art, The Collection of University of Hawaii at Hilo, Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, and The Hawaii State Art Museum. Select group exhibitions include the Cranbrook Museum of Art (Bloomfield Hills, MI) and The Contemporary Museum (Honolulu, HI).
Churchill was born in Long Beach, California in 1971. He completed his graduate studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
1. Walter Benjamin, The Origin of German Tragic Drama