Keeping Things Whole by Colin Hunt
Saturday August 24th - Saturday November 16th, 2019
Colin Hunt’s paintings seek to express a collective imagination surrounding memory and death. Using conscious conceptual constraints, each body of work conveys a link between the self and the other in order to point towards larger narratives. Seen as a whole, the works aim to transcend the momentary and step out of time to question the experience of looking and the tangibility of meaning.
“My egg tempera paintings explore the afterlife. Each is expressed as a portal or threshold between one version of a place and another. In looking for a language to explain that which sits beyond knowing, I’ve constructed an aperture in the landscape to many points triangulated in space and time. The closer these places come to holding together visually, the more obvious and explicit their emptiness or relativity. Drawing inspiration from Avebury, a neolithic henge in Southern England, these pictures are puzzles of literally what’s not there in a document, upending conventions of landscape painting and the sublime to focus on everyday mysteries about death— how we live with it and how the enormity of one’s life can co-exist with the hole of their non-being.”
Colin Hunt is a Brooklyn-based artist who received his MFA from Columbia University. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally in numerous museums and galleries. Highlights include: the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, Texas; Teckningsmuseet, Laholm, Sweden; The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; The National Academy of Design, New York, NY; Triumph Gallery, Moscow, Russia; inaugural resident at the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas.
His work has been featured and/or reviewed in a number of publications including New American Paintings, Harper’s, Columbia Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, The New Yorker, and The New York Times.