Rhona Hoffman Gallery is pleased to present Simulations, an exhibition of new paintings and photo collages by New York-based artist Chris Dorland. This will be his first solo exhibition at the gallery.
Dorlandís work primarily references imagery from 1960ís and 1970ís architectural history books of stadiums, pavilions and other public buildings. These grand scale utopian architectural projects, some of which never progressed beyond their planning stages, are hulking contradictions. Once futuristic and forward thinking, they often end up dilapidated and forgotten: wreckages of late Capitalism. Neither entirely realistic nor abstract, these works depict images which oscillate between the process of becoming and dissolving.
The distinct surface of Dorlandís work is created using a varied technique that involves scraping and rolling paint. Thus, his paintings simultaneously reveal and mask his process. The paintings in Simulations in particular reference the artistís use of photocopied source material. Dorland has also willfully restrained his palette for this exhibition. Pairing violent and aggressive reds, greens and blues alongside deep inky blacks, Dorlandís paintings and collages call to mind Andy Warholís early silk-screens as well as the sparse digital glow found in many of Director Michael Mannís neo-noir films.
The Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY will feature Dorlandís work in their upcoming exhibition Future Tense: Reshaping the Landscape and he has exhibited in other group shows including Turn the Beat Around at Sikemma Jenkins, NY. His most recent solo exhibition took place at Marc Selwyn Fine Art in Los Angeles. Dorland is also the recipient of a number of awards including the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program Foundation Award, The Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, and The Scope Emerging Artist Award. His work is in many collections including The Whitney Museum of American Art.
In conjunction with the exhibition, Dorland has created a limited edition of hand silk-screened Xerox books, printed at Tiny Vices Books, which are available for sale at the gallery.
Rhona Hoffman Gallery would like to acknowledge and thank Simon Watson at Scenic for introducing us to the artist.