Molecular Portraits is the first in a new series of “mass” paintings that investigate form through molecular composition. The objective is to visualize a denuded reality, stripped of its narrative, offering the viewer a glimpse of the multifarious elements that comprise matter.
Referencing his well-known three-dimensional paint drop sculptures, Dorosz flattens the scene and presents his perspective in two dimensions. The paintings are composed with irregular dots, constructed from carefully calculated, hole-punched templates, which create vivid vantage points of various spaces: a staircase, an open box, a country path framed by trees, a library with its aisles of shelves, as well as different domestic interiors.
(text source: Katzman Kamen Gallery)
Chris Dorosz, living room at 8pm, oil on canvas, 65 x 65", 2008; Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Kamen Gallery
More on Chris Dorosz (b. Ottawa, 1972)
Out of material discovery I began to regard the primacy of the paint drop, a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel).
With this in mind I’ve been working towards creating a narrative of materials as the groundwork to explore changing ideas of human physicality.
(text source: Artist's Website)
Education: Master of Fine Arts, The Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax NS, 1997. Bachelor of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal PQ, 1994.
(Image on top: Chris Dorosz, staircase, 2012 , oil on canvas, 75 3/8 x 70"; Courtesy of the artist and Katzman Kamen Gallery)