The mechanism of vision, both human and machine, becomes the subject of Dorland’s work as the viewer vacillates between cognition and confusion, contributing to fraught questions of perception, reality and control.
Chris Dorland is a Canadian/American artist working with a wide range of mediums to analyse the contemporary conditions of human perception and the intellection of reality. Dorland uses a variety of screens, scanners, drones and other optical devices to compose distorted, glitching images that conjure up the increasingly tenuous boundaries between physical and digital environments. Dorland’s work addresses our evolving relationship to technology, Capitalism and the body. Neither fully abstract nor functionally representational, Dorland’s work allows us to apprehend the force of intrusive technologies as they merge into our bodies and psyches.
Chris Dorland (b. Montreal) lives and works in New York, US. His work has been exhibited in FRONT INTERNATIONAL: The Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Cleveland, US; Nicoletti Contemporary, London, UK; Super Dakota, BE; Lyles & King, New York, US; The PIT, Glendale, US. He has exhibited in galleries such as Marc Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles, US; Sikkema Jenkins, New York, US; Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, US. His work is in the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, US; Bronx Museum of Art, New York, US; and Neuberger Museum of Art, New York, US among others.
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Active User Installation, Nicoletti Contemporary 2020