James Chronister

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I first saw James Chronister’s work at Eleanor Harwood’s booth at artMRKT San Francisco. Defiantly visceral and elevated, Chronister’s paintings stood out in the acute environment of persevering gallerists and the onslaught of visual engagement. A week later, I stopped by the opening of his current exhibition, Now We Lustre where I innately conjured associations with his work such as Roy Lichtenstein’s appropriation and Robert Ryman’s surfaces. To breakdown these bygone associations of mine,... [more]
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James Chronister at Eleanor Harwood Gallery March 14th, 2009 - April 18th, 2009
Posted 3/28/09
James Chronister's uses a fascinating technique that gives the paintings in a unique depth. Having done a little pre-hop research, I was clued into the intricate levels of his work. Chronister begins by painting a canvas black and adds dots of white paint, dab by dab, until an image emerges. Viewing the work in person I was shocked to learn just how elaborate and how large his pieces are. The simplicity of the technique’s concept belies the complexity of the process. As I studied... [more]