Project 4 presents : BEAU CHAMBERLAIN
October 27 - December 2, 2007
Opening reception: Saturday, October 27, 2007 - 6:00 - 8:30pm
"This Is Forever", a solo exhibition featuring intricate paintings and a site-specific installation by Beau Chamberlain. Inspired by the ability of nature to attract, camouflage, and repel, Beau Chamberlain's precise paintings hover between abstraction and figuration. Beginning with elusive imagery from botany and entomology, Chamberlain embraces crossovers between divergent biological categories, the pliable and resistant, from one ecosystem to another. Evoking lunar landings, molecular imaging and Chinese landscape painting, Chamberlain's work explores mutation, imitation and definability in seemingly serene environments in which time, place and scale remain undefined. Chamberlain elaborates, "The titles give my paintings a loose narrative structure that allows the viewer to piece together their interpretation of the scenes upon entering these environments unaware of whether they have just missed something or whether they are in the middle of some future action about to take place. At first, plant and animal life seem to be in a state of suspended animation, unable to break free of the vibrant, reverberating color of their atmosphere, but, at closer examination, the seemingly static landscapes reveal themselves: they are teeming with life. Undulating organic forms float through space, creating tension with one another and their environment. Hollow cocoons, empty trees and headless serpents are some of the recurring symbols of life and death, strength and instability, predator and prey. Nothing in these environments can be taken at face value."
Beau Chamberlain received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2003. His work has been presented in exhibitions at Jessica Murray Projects, New York, Mogadishni Gallery in Copenhagen. Chamberlain lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Anne Surak, Director
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