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Chris Troutman: Time and Line: Drawing and Narrative - A Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery Exhibition

Chris Troutman: Time and Line
November 19 - December 13, 2018 in the Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery, FA Building, La Plata Campus
10/9/2015 07:00 PM

I focus on drawing as the primary means of expression of my studio research.  Typically, I collect source materials from direct observation or photographs, which I synthesize in compositional exercises as sketches that lead to final works.  Alternatively, without preparatory compositional sketches, I begin drawings as marks and line from which I identify and develop representational subjects.  Figures and environments in individual compositions present singular moments within a suggested narrative, which I enhance by dividing images into sections to tell stories in multipart works.  Additionally, I use multiple sections in drawings to juxtapose imagery from the US and Japan, the two places I live each year.

My subjects are human figures in contemporary urban settings presented from unexpected vantage points in order to reveal the latent interested of everyday visual experiences.  Influences on my work are artists that focused on composition and the relationship of the human figure and their surrounding urban space, which includes artists Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, and Robert Birmelin.  Also, graphic novels and comic books have had a large influence on my work.  For instance, I work largely from my imagination after putting imagery to memory from sketching.  When my imagination proves insufficient while drawing, I return to support images that initiated my research.  As a medium, the immediacy of drawing, specifically using charcoal or ink, facilitates a strong connection between thinking and putting marks on paper, recording ideas and facilitating their development.  Lastly, the use of deep space from foreshortening and linear perspective, as well as dynamic point so view and storytelling, in graphic novels has had a significant influence on my work.

Finally, my drawings are large-scale, which I hang unmediated by frames and glass, bringing the artwork into the audience’s immediate space and making the process each drawing has undergone directly visible.  The scale of the drawings, the figures within them, as well as composition and point of view, place the audience in unexpected, and sometimes overwhelming, spaces, enabling the resonant experiences from which the drawings are inspired achieve a similar resonance with viewers.