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Colin Hunt to Speak at March 2017 Visiting Artist Lecture Series

Colin Hunt painting Untitled (The Devil's Chair)
Colin Hunt, Untitled (The Devil's Chair), egg tempera on wood, 14 x 20", 2016
Event Date: March 20, 2017 - 4 p.m.
Event Type: Student Event
Location: University Hall, 4th Floor, Room 4160

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, reflected over and over for the viewer at the moment of looking. In this way, I attempt to upend 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.”

Hunt is a Brooklyn-based artist who received his BFA from The Cooper Union and MFA from Columbia University. He has exhibited in numerous museums and galleries including Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Teckningmuseet in Laholm, Sweden, The Brooklyn Museum, The National Academy of Design, ZieherSmith, Artist Space, White Columns, and Vox Populi. In 2011, he was the inaugural resident at the Galveston Artist Residency in Galveston, Texas. His work has been featured and or reviewed in a number of publications including Columbia Magazine, The Brooklyn Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, and most recently the Northeast edition of New American Paintings no. 128. Adjunct teaching posts have included: Columbia University, The Cooper Union, and Montclair State University.

Additional images of his work can be seen on his website.

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