Chris Daniel’s bold abstractions are playful yet serious explorations of form and colour. Employing a language of simple shapes (circles, triangles, rhombi), the artist explores how we read those shapes through varying formal arrangements and colour permutations. Working in series, the minimal reductive aesthetic is reminiscent of the signs we encounter on a daily basis, whether on the street or on a screen, and demonstrate how we attribute meaning to the most minimal of forms.
"The forms originate not from movement or gesture, but from a range of selected elements – signs, shields, mountains for example. Through drawing and simplification (and often repetition) these forms become ambiguous and abstract. The colour choices come from a personal selection, not colour theory, and I am influenced by the colour decisions made in design and advertising. Masking tape is often used to control the continuous painting gesture inside the hard-edged form, contrasting with the flat painted background. The paintings function as an exposure to the effectiveness of the colour choice channelled through a self-restrained system."