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  Chris Gallagher
October 10 - November 8, 2008
 

Chris Gallagher creates luminous and colorful oil paintings comprised of softly-brushed, more or less parallel bands of color which run from edge to edge on the canvas. In a given work, the bands run vertically, horizontally or diagonally, and in many cases possess a gentle curve. The width of the bands varies from work to work as well as within an individual painting, and many of the paintings are optically charged. Along with the artist's choices of color contrasts, these elements convey movement within the perimeter of the painting as well as suggesting expansion beyond the edges of the canvas. The shapes, scales, and orientations of Gallagher's canvases are important elements of his work, and the exhibition features a wide range of sizes and structures. This imparts a feeling that Gallagher is capturing something much larger than the canvas itself or, perhaps, something infinitely smaller. Tondos ranging from 20 to 48 inches in diameter are a new format for the artist. The circular shape simultaneously increases the suggestion of the paintings as self-contained entities and as macro/micro vistas. The shape also lends a playfulness and buoyancy to the paintings.
 
 
Detail 14-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
52 x 40 inches

Detail 15-08, 2008
Oil on canvas stretched over board
48 x 64 inches

Detail 12-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
64 x 48 inches
 
Detail 10-08, 2008
Oil on canvas stretched over board
48 x 48 inches

Tondo 16-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
48 inches diameter

Detail 11-08, 2008
Oil on canvas stretched over board
48 x 48 inches
 
Tondo 01-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
27 inches diameter

Detail 13-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
34 x 26 inches

Tondo 12-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
28 inches diameter
 
Detail 18-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
16 x 16 inches

Tondo 11-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
20 inches diameter

Detail 16-08, 2008
Oil on canvas
28 x 20 inches
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