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  Chris Gallagher
October 14 - November 13, 2010
 

Chris Gallagher’s latest oil paintings reflect his longtime interest in the cosmos and scientific observation of distant phenomena. For years, Gallagher has painted parallel bands of alternating color and width that stream, arc and pulse across his canvases. The softly brushed lines waver and vibrate while appearing to glow with an inner light. The luminous streaks alternately suggest the rapid flow of digital information, the expansion of the invisible forces of physics, or the mysterious beauty of celestial objects. For his current exhibition, Gallagher has adopted a circular format to reinforce the astronomical associations and to alter the viewer’s perception of space. The tondos range in size from twelve inches to six feet, with concave or convex ribbons of vibrant color curving across their surfaces. Gallagher’s brushwork near the edges of the canvas implies the unseen or dark side of a spherical object and enhances the illusion of a discrete, slowly rotating sphere. This apparent sphere is buoyant and untethered, as if freed from gravity. The sense of movement and play is enhanced by the fact that the painting can be displayed in any orientation.
 
The exhibition also includes small paintings framed under glass, depicting atmospheric, dimly glowing discs isolated on a black field. The black extends to the interior of the deep frames, creating a sense of remoteness and mystery. In these works, Gallagher was inspired by the minute amount of light collected from deep space by astronomical instruments. As the viewer peers into the depth of the frame, the sense of scale vacillates; the vaporous, loosely painted orbs may be seen as lonely, exotic planets or as a microscopic discovery. The overwhelming feeling is of great distance from the everyday world.
 
 
Tondo 2-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
72 inches diameter

Tondo 4-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
60 inches diameter

Tondo 3-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
60 inches diameter
 
Tondo 5-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
42 inches diameter

Tondo 7-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
34 inches diameter

Tondo 1-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
36 inches diameter
 
Tondo 8-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
19 inches diameter

Tondo 9-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
19 inches diameter

Tondo 10-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
12 inches diameter
 
Tondo 11-10, 2010
Oil on canvas
12 inches diameter

Scimitar, 2008-9
Oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
 
boX2, 2010
Oil on canvas
17 x 17 inches framed

boX4, 2010
Oil on canvas
17 x 17 inches framed

boX3, 2010
Oil on canvas
17 x 17 inches framed
 
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