Casper Brindle’s sumptuous paintings are more than a feast for the eyes. They are an entrance into the mystic realm of color, an invitation into a meditative space where change and impermanence may be experienced viscerally. Brindle is a master colorist, interested in the emotive power of his medium, which he explores simultaneously with the two bodies of work presented in this exhibition: Strata and Portals.
The Strata series finds Brindle pushing the expressive possibilities of color while working within his boldly established pictorial structures. Repetition of form is intrinsic to his exploration of color. This precise dividing of the picture plane in half gives Brindle an architecture in which to experiment wildly with color. Though the materials he utilizes are industrial in nature (automotive paint and resin), the way in which he applies pigment in delicate sprays allows for subtle chromatic gradations. Pairing together unusual colors results in unexpected harmonies that vibrate with radiant energy. The inherent properties of the materials Brindle uses enhance the interactive experience of viewing his work–the iridescent pigments shift and scatter light in myriad ways.
What is most profound about the Strata paintings is Brindle’s ability to capture with pigment and resin fleeting moments in time, reflecting those instances when the sun dips below the horizon and the colors in the sky shift most spectacularly. Each painting changes depending on the environment it is situated in and the position of the viewer. These works have an ephemeral quality–the viewer can experience them in infinite ways and perhaps never exactly see them the same way twice. His work explores the incomprehensible majesty of the natural world, and the essential truth that change is ever-present.
The Strata paintings are typically oriented horizontally, but Brindle presents several new works in vertical format for this exhibition. The horizon line is present and the depth of field is just as impressive as with their horizontal counterparts. However, this simple gesture changes the paintings dramatically, suddenly giving them the appearance of doorways to places unknown.
Brindle’s newest body of work–the Portal series–evolved from the otherworldly, monochromatic Aura paintings that he debuted in early 2017. Sharing the central form of a luminous bar of metallic leaf, the new works diverge from their pearl-white predecessors with richly saturated colors. Painted on linen rather than panel, the surfaces are stained with gradients that radiate from light to dark, as if the beacon-like central form is pulsating with light. The nuanced application of paint invokes the meditative and emotional quality of Rothko, while the use of gold and silver leaf recalls Byzantine icon paintings. Enshrouded by brilliant color, the metallic bars become even more pronounced, their monolithic presence stirring an enigmatic response. Color and structure become inseparable as the viewer is drawn deeply into the picture plane, left to ponder the mysterious imagery that the artist has presented.
Casper Brindle is based in Los Angeles.
Casper Brindle – Chromatic Flux
Exhibition Dates: February 20 to March 30, 2019
Artist Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2019 from 5pm – 7pm
Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street
San Francisco, CA