CHRISTIAN VINCENT THROUGH THE FRAME
MARCH 2 - APRIL 26, 2017
C24 Gallery proudly presents Through the Frame, a new series of oil on canvas works by Los Angeles based artist Christian Vincent. Through the Frame will be on exhibition March 3 – April 26, 2017. In this brand new collection of dreamlike paintings, Christian Vincent explores and illuminates social behavior, conformity and isolation in the post-industrial world. Vincent’s distinctive use of perspective and color coupled with the device of defining and framing space with doorways, windows, and mirrors draw focus to the public and personal conflicts and complications of contemporary life. The independent fictions Vincent portrays in Through the Frame explore existence and nature, and the relationships between the artist’s anonymous characters and the landscapes they inhabit. Within each scene is a metaphorically charged scenario, a miniature drama, which Vincent has become so famous for creating. Vincent’s poetic perspectives on the social and psychological behaviors that are fundamental to the American experience, cast the viewer in the twin roles of observer and voyeur, leaving them to question the nature of desire and individuality. Humanist themes present questions that resonate within all of us. Vincent’s visual vocabulary sharpens the post-industrial American complex, and directs our attention to his concerns without relying on shock or cynicism. In Blind Spot, we see a large group, dressed exactly the same and painting the same image. The scene is taken off canvas and we are left to question how large the room and the group actually is. Are they learning to paint in the same style, or is it intentional mass production? Patterns in nature that mimic familiar human shapes are seen through multiple tableaus: Ocean waves mimic the faces of hurried people (Untitled, and Dissolve), and wallpaper evokes the ebb and flow of liquid currents, or crowds (Reflex). Within these patterns, we recognize something familiar. Vincent’s deft brush isolates us from others who linger just beyond the frames, creating both a sense of disconnection and a longing for fulfillment.
Art In America’s Gerrit Henry wrote: “The artist Vincent most closely resembles is not a painter at all, but…novelist Sinclair Lewis. Like Lewis, with his knowing savaging of all things American, Vincent is, at bottom a social commentator…[his] deep and perplexed love of his country is worked out in a melodrama of purely native characters and situations.” Christian Vincent, born in 1966, lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He studied at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and his work has been exhibited extensively in the United States, including at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art Kansas City, MO; Naples Art Museum, Naples, FL; Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg, PA; Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA; and Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY. Vincent’s work is included in several prominent private collections internationally. Through the Frame is Christian Vincent’s first solo exhibition at C24 Gallery.
Blind Spot, 2016 Oil on canvas 80 x 54in. (203.2 x 137.2cm)
Through the Frame, 2016 Oil on canvas 72 x 72in. (182.9 x 182.9cm)
Web, 2016 Oil on canvas 74 x 90in. (188 x 228.6cm)
Untitled, 2016 Oil on canvas 48 x 60in. (121.9 x 152.4cm)
Gap, 2016 Oil on canvas 72 x 54in (182.9 x 137.2cm)
Long Bridge, 2016 Oil on canvas 54 x 72in. (137.2 x 182.9cm)
Dissolve, 2016 Oil on canvas 100 x 90in. (254 x 228.6cm)
Periscope, 2016 Oil on canvas 80 x 90in. (203.2 x 228.6cm)
Reflex, 2016 Oil on canvas 57 x 57in (144.8 x 144.8cm)
b: 1966, Santa Monica, CA Lives and Works in Santa Monica, CA EDUCATION 1989 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena CA SOLO EXHIBITIONS 2017 Through the Frame, C24 Gallery, New York, NY 2014 Backstory, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 2013 Ear to the Ground, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY 2011 Tunnel Vision, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY 2008 Runyon Canyon, Mike Weiss Gallery, New York, NY 2006 Christian Vincent, Jason McCoy Inc., New York, NY (Catalogue) 2004 Flavor of the Month, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA 2002 New Paintings, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2001 Recent Paintings, Forum Gallery, New York, NY 2000 Ars, Vivendi Gallery, Munich, Germany 1999 Ninety Miles South, Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL (Catalogue) 1998 Momentum, Forum Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1997 Exposure, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (Catalogue) 1996 Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA Ann Nathan Gallery, Chicago, IL 1995 Louis Newman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 1994 Hidden Agendas, Forum Gallery, New York, NY (Catalogue) 1993 Louis Newman Gallwery, Los Angeles, CA 1992 Interiors, Forum Gallery, New York, NY 1991 Louis Newman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2016 2015 2012 2008
Art Miami, C24 Gallery, Miami, FL Contemporary Istanbul, C24 Gallery, Istanbul, Turkey Art New York, C24 Gallery, New York, NY, USA Hereâ€™s Looking Back at You: Images of Women from the ESKFF Collection, Mana Contemporary and ESKFF, Jersey City, NJ Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ Five Year Anniversary Show, Mile Weiss Gallery, New York, NY The Figure Revealed: Contemporary American Figurative Paintings and Drawings, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
GROUP EXHIBITIONS CONT. 2007 2005 2004 2003 2001 1999 1998 1997 1996 1994 1993 1992
Art and Psyche: The Freudian Legacy, CDC Gallery, New York, NY Then as Now, Sordoni Art Gallery, Wilkes University, Wilkes Barre, PA New Old Masters, Naples Art Museum, Naples, FL Masters and Mavericks, Seraphin Gallery, Philadelphia, PA NY Transforming the Commonplace: Masters of Contemporary Realism, Susquehanna Art Museum, Harrisburg PA Magic Realizm: A New Generation, Sangre de Christo Arts Center, Pueblo, CO Works on Paper, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Representing LA, Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA Magic Vision, Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, AR Modern and Contemporary Portraits, curated by Townsend Wolfe, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Looking for the Light: Recent Paintings, Gallery on the Hudson, Irvington NY The Figurative Impulse, Miami Dade Community College, Kendall Campus, Miami, FL The Figure Revisited, Gallery at Hastings-on-Hudson, NY The Figurative Impulse: New Faces, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Re-presenting Representation III, Arnot Art Museum, Elmira, NY Decathalon, Fay Gold Gallery, Atlanta, GA David Klein Gallery, Birmingham, MI Aspects of Realism, Laura Craig Galleries, Scranton, PA Artists by Artists, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Figurative Painting and Drawing, Forum Gallery, New York, NY Louis Newman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
AWARDS 1998 United States of America NASA Art Program, Artist Commission 1994 1st Julius Hallgarten Prize, 169th Annual Exhibition, National Academy of Design SELECTED PERMANENT COLLECTIONS Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation, Jersey City, NJ Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City, MO Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga,TN CORPORATE COLLECTIONS Jones, Day, Reaves and Pogue, Los Angeles, CA Cocksy, Los Angeles, CA
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Published on Mar 2, 2017
C24 Gallery proudly presents Through the Frame, a new series of oil on canvas works by Los Angeles based artist Christian Vincent. Through t...