Chris Doyle Presents "Hollow and Swell" in San Francisco

Sep 09 2017 - Nov 11 2017


Catharine Clark Gallery
248 Utah Street
San Francisco, CA

Catharine Clark Gallery presents Hollow and Swell, an exhibition of new animations and watercolors by Chris Doyle. The works mark the conclusion of Doyle's extended response to Hudson River School painter Thomas Cole's iconic five part series, The Course of Empire (1833 – 1836), which depicts a single landscape as it transitions from a pastoral setting to a dense metropolis that finally, through conflict and overpopulation, deteriorates to a site of overgrown ruins. Hollow and Swell draws inspiration from the central painting of the cycle, The Consummation of Empire (1836), which imagines a neo-classical civilization at its apex. Whereas Cole's painting responded to a shift from agrarian to mechanized society during the Industrial Revolution, Doyle's work considers the impacts of digital technology on a rapidly proliferating cultural landscape. 

On Saturday, September 9 at 4:30pm, Doyle will be in conversation with Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator and Museum Director of 21c Museum Hotels.

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