For the past seven or so years, Todd Chilton has been making intensely colored, personally sized, straightforward, geometric abstract paintings. "I build the paintings by layering hand drawn patterns that are always bounded by the edge of the canvas. The paintings exhibit imperfections that are a result of handmade patterns and geometry. This often heightens optical effects in the patterns, and serves to create a situation in which the viewer becomes aware of the experience of looking. I want to create images that convey at once a sense of ambiguity, purposefulness, and humor. At times they have a sense of openness on one hand and resistance on the other. I am interested in what happens in the middle. Meaning comes through determined imprecision, broken or sagging structures and the obvious hand that created the painting. This underscores the physical experience that takes place between a viewer and my work through surface, scale and optical qualities, which subvert, or sustain, a sense of balance."
Todd Chilton was born in Chula Vista, CA, 1977, attended School of the Art Institute, Chicago for his MFA (2005), and currently lives and works in Chicago. This is his first one-person exhibition with Feature Inc.