Christopher Dunlap

Lives and Works Brooklyn, NY

BFA, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

MFA, Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, MA

Christopher Dunlap’s paintings engage the viewer through a playful, disruptive exploration of color and pattern. These forms create a multiplicity of relationships between simple shapes and complex structures. Through specific placement, repetition, and implied perspective, the paintings assert a sense of depth. By creating an image that can register spatially in multiple ways, the paintings draw the viewer to a heightened awareness of their own visual processes. This sustained attention seeks to bridge a gap between perception and sensation.

Dunlap cites his mother's quilting as an early influence. Like quilting, his paintings also combine small colorful elements that unite to create a complex image. Similarly, game boards and maps, which have their own dialectics and visual language, find their way into his paintings. His work does more than just reveal thoughts; it’s a method of thinking itself, one that operates on its own oneiric logic.

Recent exhibitions in Manhattan and Brooklyn include a solo show at GCA, Centotto, Space Available, Spring Break Art Fair, Parlour Bushwick, and Es Ef Eff. In 2016 he was featured in Space Oddity, a group show at SARDINE curated by Matthew Mahler. The exhibition featured work by Christopher Dunlap, MaryKate Maher, and Alina Tenser.

Courtesy of SARDINE

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