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Chris Doyle

The Lightening: a Project for Wave Hill's Aquatic Garden
On the grounds | April 24–May 24, 2015 

Chris Doyle: Landscape Fictions
Glyndor Gallery | April 22–May 24, 2015 


Chris Doyle explores the way that human anxieties and collective attitudes about the environment are projected through representations of landscape. Known for animations that abstract natural patterns and structures, he will present a major installation, The Lightening, a Project for Wave Hill’s Aquatic Garden as part of Night Lights at Wave Hill which celebrates Wave Hill at 50.  Accompanying this dramatic installation is Chris Doyle: Landscape Fictions in Glyndor Gallery featuring three previous animation project and light boxes created for this exhibition. These works have a strong ecological message and reflect on the anxiety surrounding our current environmental conditions.  

Tending toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden
Glyndor Gallery | April 3—August 19, 2012

Doyle’s work with Wave Hill began with an earlier project, Interleaves, a digital animation on two-screen custom display created for Wave Hill’s exhibition Tending Toward the Untamed: Artists Respond to the Wild Garden in 2012. Drawing intensively from the structure of the Wild Garden, Doyle manipulated his images through processes of repeating, mirroring and folding, he pushes them toward abstraction. This practice parallels that of taming or maintaining a garden, which, without human intervention, can easily slip into a state of unruliness. View the full video here.

Doyle has exhibited widely at venues in the United States at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Queens Museum of Art, P.S.1 Museum of Contemporary Art, MassMoCA, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Tang Museum, Wellin Museum of Art, Sculpture Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and as part of the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center. Internationally his work was presented at Melbourne International Arts Festival with projects commissions for the US Embassy in Sarajevo, Bosnia, the US Ambassador's residence in Stockholm, Sweden. He has completed public and private commissions in Culver City, CA; Kansas City, MO; Tampa, FL; Louisville, KY; and Austin, TX.

Doyle is the recipient of a 2014 John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship. His work has also been supported by grants from the Creative Capital Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, and the MAP Fund. He earned a BA in fine arts from Boston College and an MA in architecture from Harvard University.

Pictured above: Chris Doyle, The Lightening, 2014. Animation still, Courtesy of the artist. 

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.