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Chris Hyndman is a painter born in London, Ontario. He recently moved his studio to Chicago, where he spends much of his time when he is not teaching. Chris has been teaching at Eastern Michigan University since 2001. In 2008, he was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. His work has been shown nationally and internationally.
In my early plaid paintings, my primary aim was to make â€œconstructed plaid objects,â€ more so than â€œimages of plaid.â€ In the newer paintings, Iâ€™m exploring ways to animate the patterns, with the hope of giving them a seductive, yet wholly illusionistic and false dimensional life. In paintings like Dudley Do-Right and Boo, the patterned forms play roles akin to cartoon characters or computer-generated monsters imaged against a green screen—figures rendered to inhabit a not-yet-available, but possibly fantastic space and narrative. Both the plaid patterns themselves and their â€œspecial-effects-in-the-makingâ€ style of presentation, suggest a narrative potential that is tempered by the still images and the mannered physical construction of the paintings. As paintings, I hope that they sabotage their own romantic narratives by soliciting a heightened awareness of their bare material facts.