San Francisco Exhibitions. Freddy Chandra. Tuning In. Brian Gross Fine Art. January 4- February 21, 2014. Reception for the artist: Saturday, January 4, 4–6 pm
Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of recent work by Bay area artist, Freddy Chandra, opening January 4, with a reception for the artist from 4 to 6 pm. The exhibition, Tuning In, will feature the luminous and sculptural wall works made of cast acrylic and resin, for which Chandra is well known. Tuning In will be on view through February 21, 2014.
Chandra’s new body of work that will be exhibited contains uneven rows of painted acrylic bars set in staggered compositions. Both horizontal and vertical works will be included. The acrylic bars are arranged in specific dynamic relationships to each other. Often moving outward from thicker bars to thinner, Chandra creates a movement, which extends beyond the defined perimeter of the composition.
Chandra continues this dematerialization of the edge through the use of colors, both in saturation and hue. Each piece contains colors that sit in close proximity on the color spectrum. He then places lighter, less saturated areas around the edges, reinforcing a sense of dissipation and fading. These decisions about color and luminosity are driven by a desire to create a tonal vibration within the overall composition.
Exploration of composition is also implemented through orientation. The horizontal pieces generate a foreground and background, thus activating the peripheral areas of one’s vision. The vertical pieces conversely establish an immediate relationship to the viewer standing before it.
Freddy Chandra is a member of the adjunct faculty at Mills College, and has previously been a Summer Session Lecturer at UC Berkeley. He is a recipient of a 2009 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. He has also previously received a 2006 Kala Art Institute Fellowship, a Project Space Residency at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2007, and a residency at the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in 2009. He completed an MFA at Mills College in 2004 and received a BA in Architecture and Art Practice at the University of California, Berkeley in 2002. Chandra lives and works in Oakland, California. This is his second exhibition at Brian Gross Fine Art.
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San Francisco, CA 94103
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