Kris Chatterson: New Paintings
Western Project is proud to present the second solo exhibition of paintings by Kris Chatterson. Living and working in New York, the artist has created a body of work using printing, painting, digital imaging and iPhone drawings. Clipping and selecting gestures from previous prints, drawings and paintings, Chatterson excavates his past; a kind of digital surgery and recombination process. He presents the natural calligraphic gesture as synthetic, abstract elements; transforming the physical object-ness of the mark into non linear spatial compositions. The results are a kind of futuristic weather; informed by static patterns - both visual and audio; and enhanced by iPhone drawings as familiar yet displaced marks. Chatterson's images seem to map immense territories or conversely, unseen microcosms. They reference his interest in fractals; beginning with his approach of building the images from a matrix to find unlimited possible combinations of forms. But akin to Rauschenberg, Lichtenstein and Warhol, Chatterson uses repetition, and a lo-fi printing to construct his paintings. The messy production of his printing and rubbing contrast with his high tech realms; visually reminiscent of Stella's work from the mid 1980's, or the haunting emotional tones of Kubrick's film, 2001: A Space Odyssey. The paintings provide a mirror of the world of destruction and creation we are all a part of; as formal inventions they evidence the short distinctions between the physical and the abstract world of phenomena - the difference, being merely language and concept.
Kris Chatterson is currently curating (as Progress Report), the exhibition, The Working Title, for The Bronx River Art Center in New York. He is also the featured artist for the Cypress College Art Gallery Billboard project from February 24 - May 27, 2011. His blog KCLOG reports on the New York art world. An MFA graduate from the Claremont Graduate University in 2004, he has shown at Feature Gallery, Daily Operation, Silver Shed (among others) in New York and Summer Camp Project Project and Luckman Gallery at Cal State Los Angeles (among others) on the west coast, He will be having a solo exhibition in New York in September 2011 at the Jeff Bailey Gallery.