March 4 29, 2003 -- Artist reception on Friday , March 7th, 5.30
to 7.30 pm
is pleased to announce its March exhibition of recent paintings
by Chris Teasley.
Teasley's exhibition focuses on his current series of paintings
that he calls "hyper realist abstraction". The seeming
oxymoron is a deft reworking of the trompe l'oeil tradition employing
the visual language and precision of a digital age with the inherently
organic process of gestural painting. Chris Teasley is currently
studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
actual size 6" x 8")
work adroitly walks the line between natural and fabricated.
The applied abstraction floats either over a flat ground of
oil paint or the natural abstraction of wood grain. However,
given the viewer's knowledge of wood, the abstracted grain appears
nearly figurative next to the fabricated abstraction applied
to its surface. In this instance the artist plays coyly with
our visual perception and the information we bring with us in
the process of seeing.
paintings also move swiftly from micro to macro. In a series of
three 24" x 24" paintings installed in a row, the impression
is of varying degrees of magnification. In this case one could be
moving from a full exterior view of some organic object - to its
surface - finally to the level of its individual cells.
Pajama Painting, 2003, oil on panel, 24" x 24"
On the Dot, 2003, oil on panel, 24" x 24"
A Photgenic Memory, 2003, oil on panel, 24" x 24"
the paintings keep a sense of humor about them, some employing
the occaisonal star burst of a comic book Pow! or a pattern that
could be repeated on a pair of pajamas.