Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Chris Trueman

Chris Trueman, photo by Tracey Landworth

Chris Trueman received Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in both Painting and Digital Media from San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA; and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Claremont Graduate University, Claremont, CA. His explorative process produces works that combine coexistent traditions in abstract painting and reveal tensions between genres.

Trueman has had solo exhibitions at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, Los Angeles, CA; Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; TWFINEART, Brisbane, Australia; Visual Artists Group, Los Angeles; White Box Contemporary, San Diego, CA; Adah Rose Gallery, Kensington, MD; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; and Autonomie Projects, Los Angeles, CA. Group exhibitions include Bruno David Gallery, Saint Louis; Bentley Gallery, Phoenix; Read Contemporary, Dallas, TX; Santa Ana College, Santa Ana, CA; Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA; Central Utah Art Center, Ephraim, UT; and Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Trueman explores the temporality of representation through abstraction by constructing new systems and modes in which the material of painting converges with the visual aesthetic of digital and photographic imagery, discovering the possibilities of paint’s articulation of space, surface, time, and image. His most recent work is painted on large-scale Yupo, a synthetic paper that is then mounted on Sintra. The unique interaction of the smooth Yupo surface and acrylic paint, both sprayed on and applied with a brush and squeegee, allows for marks and forms to function as either positive or negative space. This back-and-forth relationship of positive and negative reverses the norm of gestural painting by presenting the gestural mark and its inversion within the same space. While the mark is a record of movement or idea, the negative gesture forms a transparent boundary between previous and subsequent layers.

The book mentioned in the interview is Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder is a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb.
“YBA” acrylic and acrylic spray paint and pigment print on Aluminum 32”x24”, 2017
“NBMB” acrylic and acrylic spray paint on yupo mounted to sintra 80”x60”, 2017
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