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Walls #2 Acrylic by Christopher Mark Brennan

Walls #2 Acrylic by Christopher Mark Brennan

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Modernity in art is often synonymous with rupture, challenging traditional forms, and experimenting. Christopher Mark Brennan is a researcher; his studio is a laboratory, so much so that he offers new propositions in each of his artworks.

This painting depicts an interior space with two main walls and a red floor. In reality, the red floor becomes a directional indicator, its brilliance creating a focal point that lifts the whole work, directing the viewer's gaze through the composition. A white square immediately catches the eye. It could almost be perceived as a refuge, a visual silence from which introspection emerges. Around this square, the transition from one block of color to another is marked by a change of tone that prompts reflection on transitions in space and perception. The divisions are softly outlined in dark hues. The left-hand side is dominated by a wall-absorbing grey framed in yellow. This depiction calls into question once again whether we are in the presence of a grey monochrome painting hung on a yellow wall. The use of color and its transitions affects our perception of space. The darker right-hand side could symbolize a necessary contrast or complementarity with the rest of the work.

By confronting this minimalist work with the era of hyper-consumption and visual saturation, it appears as an anchor point for the gaze, a necessary pause.
Modernity in art is often synonymous with rupture, challenging traditional forms, and experimenting. Christopher Mark Brennan is a researcher; his studio is a laboratory, so much so that he offers new propositions in each of his artworks.

This painting, dated 2021, depicts a section of ceiling and two adjacent walls meeting at an open angle. The left wall dominates two-thirds of the canvas. While the colors are identical, their arrangement carries an asymmetry under the influence of light. The divisions are softly outlined in dark hues. The uneven distribution of light creates an imbalance that energizes the space.

Brennan's work teaches us that art is not dependent on perfect balance. It requires a dynamic between its elements and an ability to evoke and suggest. This work achieves this feat; its walls, colors, and light engender coherence in irregularity, awakening introspection about our apprehension of emptiness and reflexive resonance in those who contemplate it.

Christopher Mark Brennan was born in 1950. He attended Washington University School of Fine Arts in St Louis, Missouri, in 1974. After 1983, he made magazine covers and artwork for Universal Studios, including three covers for Frank Zappa's CD and other musicians.
This work was more like photo-realism in large format.
He now lives in Santa Barbara and makes smaller but striking paintings. His imagination seems to have no limit!
He lives a private life, not sharing much online besides his art. This, I believe, allows us to see his artwork through a fresh and unbiased lens.

REFERENCE NUMBER: LU654314194042
PERIOD: Late 21st Century
CONDITION: Excellent
MEASUREMENTS: Height: 27.25" Width: 33.25" Depth: 1"
COUNT: 1
MATERIAL: Acrylic
CREATOR: Christopher Mark Brennan
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: France

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