Light is a major theme of Chris’ work as is inventive use of materials. Chris’ tape layers obscure their under painting and fragment and skew the light that is reflected and refracted.
These 2 pieces are made with layer upon layer of strapping tape, that Chris has removed the adhesive from and re-glued with an archival binder. So as the layers build up an optically vibrant pattern emerges. While essentially white on white the depth and layers of lines become incredibly deep. It is then sprayed with a matte film so it all appears almost blurry while it is right there in front of you.
Impossible to grasp in a photograph. A very inventive and intense process.
Chris Duncan is an Oakland-based artist who employs repetition and accumulation as a basis for experiments in visual and sound based media. Often in flux between maximal and minimal, Duncan’s work is a constant balancing act of positive or negative, loud or quite, solitary or participatory and tends to lead towards questions regarding perception, experience and transcendence.
CHRIS DUNCAN – CURRICULUM VITAE
Born 1974 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey
Lives and works in Oakland, California
2013 MFA, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
2003 BFA, California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco, CA
– Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, ON Canada
2012 Wake Up and Fight – Halsey Mckay Gallery, Impulse, New York, NY
Balance, Morgan Lehman Gallery, New York, NY
2011 Patterns and Light, Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
2010 Eye Against I, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, San Francisco, CA
2009 NADA Art Fair Solo Booth, Baer Ridgway Exhibitions, Miami Beach, FL
2008 The Faith Void Split, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
2007 The Beginning, The Middle, The End, Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2006 The Continued Exploitation of Pink and Brown, Jeff Bailey Gallery, New York, NY
The Playing Field, Nakaochiai Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Dark Times, Motel Gallery, Portland, OR
2005 Where We Meet, Lump Gallery, Raleigh, NC