Best known for his intricate figurative sculptures made up of dot-like paint drops, Chris Dorosz has always been interested in deconstructing and reassembling images in a way that challenges our visual assumptions. His contemporary sculptures look like they are made of drops which is something we are not used to seeing.
Seeming to materialize while floating in space, his fascinating groupings address spatial concerns diffuse the pictorial plane into pure drops of color. Chris Dorosz was born in Canada, where he earned his master’s degree at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. His work has been exhibited widely in Canada and throughout the United States, including a solo exhibition at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art in California.
“Out of material discovery I began to regard the primacy of the paint drop, a form that takes shape not from a brush or any human-made implement or gesture, but purely from its own viscosity and the air it falls through, as analogous to the building blocks that make up the human body (DNA) or even its mimetic representation (the pixel). With this in mind I’ve been working towards creating a narrative of materials as the groundwork to explore changing ideas of human physicality.” – states the artist.
As a sculptor molds clay to flush out form, Dorosz applies a similar concept to building his painted heads with mixed pigments that resemble the muted hues of a potter’s clay slip. The results are a sustained tension between concrete and vaporous shadows kept just shy of their full individual becoming, a state Dorosz calls ‘the muddiness of being’.