The artist used a variety of screens, drones and other optical devices to compose this painting. This process is part of the artist's exploration of the increasingly tenuous boundaries between physical and digital environments, as well as actual and virtual realities.
Over the last decade, Dorland has been developing and refining a unique compression of analog and digital languages into a singular and dense aesthetic—one that is both extremely chaotic and unexpectedly beautiful. Dorland's work is neither fully abstract nor functionally representational, and allows viewers to apprehend the force of intrusive technologies as they increasingly distort our understanding of reality. Dorland’s paintings are a haunting meditation on contemporary life as they evoke a dystopian vision of the human-built world.
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Chris Dorland works at the intersection of painting and digital media with an emphasis on examining the ways in which surveillance technologies perceive, record and reproduce. Dorland uses a variety of screens, drones and other optical devices to compose images that explore the tenuous boundaries between physical and digital environments. Neither fully abstract nor representational, Dorland's paintings and videos are a haunting meditation on the intrusive technologies that increasingly distort our understanding of reality.