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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Chamberlain exhibit opens Thursday at Artspace

50 Orange St, New Haven, (203) 772-2709
Patrick Chamberlain: On Your Mark
Apr. 1—June 5, 2010.
Public Opening: Thurs., Apr. 1, 6—8 p.m.

Press release

Artspace is pleased to present, On Your Mark, a solo exhibition of new and recent paintings by Patrick Chamberlain. The exhibition recalls childhood reverence, playful gestures, and vibrant lines and color. The exhibition is on view in Gallery 1 from Mar. 30—June 26, 2010. The public reception for this exhibition is Thurs., Apr.l 1, from 6—8 p.m.

On Your Mark presents the largest exhibition to date of Chamberlain's radiant and evocative abstract paintings. Chamberlain will debut a 12-panel painting in addition to nine other inquisitive works. Deeply invested in the techniques of his craft, Chamberlain paints lines, shapes, and textures that present viewers with multiple points of entry into his alluring world. Although Chamberlain's work varies in scale and composition, his emotional use of color is consistent throughout. Intense areas of color announce themselves without apology; hot pinks, turquoise blues, pulsating yellows, and flamingo pinks punctuate his canvases.

While Chamberlain's works frequently evoke natural forms such as waves, trees, flowers and fields, ambiguity lies at the core of his artistic practice. Bold pockets of color are often tempered by exacting line work and an attention to surface and texture, revealing deeper convictions about the conceptual processes of painting. His imagery seems to linger "in the between," so to speak; it's as if the subjects presented are about to fall, shrink, roll, or slip into some distant, remarkable place.

The On Your Mark exhibition catalogue will include contributions by poet and author Jeremy Sigler, and Artspace Curator, Liza Statton (forthcoming).

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