Chris Hyndman

Region: Midwest


City / State: Chicago, IL

My latest paintings are based on images of curtains. Their surfaces are perceptibly textured and readily divulge their construction from thousands of transparent painted circles. The format and size of the paintings are such that one can face them to look, or treat them as stagelike backdrops against which to pose or perform. I find myself in both positions while I work. In the former case, the works prioritize visual, spatial, and surface gymnastics familiar from many types of painting. In the latter, they accommodate the open and contingent volumes in front of their surfaces. In either case, I like to think of them as “fields” that can prompt an enlivened, active experience via surface and color.

In terms of fit with earlier work, the curtain paintings continue my interest in color and texture, structured surfaces, and the function of pattern and digital tools in the shaping and imaging of contemporary identities.