Keiran Brennan Hinton

MATTER OF FACT

MAY 4 – 28, 2017

Reception: Thursday, May 11, 6 - 8PM

 

Fireworks, 2017, oil on canvas, 68 x 62 inches.

Fireworks, 2017, oil on canvas, 68 x 62 inches.

“In solitude we are in the presence of mere matter (even the sky, the stars, the moon, trees in blossom), things of less value (perhaps) than the human spirit. Its value lies in the greater possibility of attention. If we could be attentive to the same degree in the presence of a human being…” 

- Simone Weil, Gravity and Grace

Objects are scattered throughout shallow cropped spaces. It is nighttime and there are no figures immediately visible. A pink teacup sits alone on a ledge while small speckled lights shimmer through a foggy window behind it. The colors of shadows shift between pale blue, warm grey green and dusty violet while a brick wall is described with notches, dents and soft light that hits off the edges of a chipped corner. Each object is given the same amount of attention and the brushstrokes are quick, opaque and persistent. The room is quiet but not vacant.

To focus on an object is to give it priority over all else in ones field of vision. In these spaces nothing is left untouched as everything is in focus, suggesting an accumulation of time spent looking. Although the setting may be seen as peripheral each object and surface becomes an opportunity for description and touch.

Observation is an exercise of patience and concentration, which requires a willingness to be surprised. It is about looking without assuming and listening without interrupting. A painting can slow this experience of looking and is a way to translate time through observation. It is an invitation to linger and an offering of shared momentary solitude, which rewards awareness and self-perception. To practice observation is to resist an urge to generalize. It is to see something (or someone) as an individual.

Teacup, 2017, oil on canvas, 70 x 66 inches.

Teacup, 2017, oil on canvas, 70 x 66 inches.

Nightlight, 2017, oil on canvas, 70 x 66 inches.

Nightlight, 2017, oil on canvas, 70 x 66 inches.

Night Window (teacup), 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Night Window (teacup), 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Front Door, 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Front Door, 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Orange Door, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, SOLD.

Orange Door, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, SOLD.

Studio Door (Day), 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches.SOLD

Studio Door (Day), 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches.SOLD

Painting Cart, 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Painting Cart, 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Drips, 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Drips, 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Night Studio, 2017, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches, SOLD.

Night Studio, 2017, oil on linen, 11 x 14 inches, SOLD.

Coady’s Cart, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Coady’s Cart, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Coady’s Studio, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, SOLD.

Coady’s Studio, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, SOLD.

Open Window, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Open Window, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Studio Wall (Orange Door), 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches.SOLD

Studio Wall (Orange Door), 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches.SOLD

Rollup Gate (afternoon), 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches.

Rollup Gate (afternoon), 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches.

Rollup Gate (Night), 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Rollup Gate (Night), 2017, oil on linen, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Self Portrait, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, SOLD.

Self Portrait, 2017, oil on linen, 12 x 9 inches, SOLD.

Evening Window (Blue), 2017, oil on linen over panel, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Evening Window (Blue), 2017, oil on linen over panel, 12 x 9 inches. SOLD

Studio Drawers, 2017, oil on canvas over panel, 10 x 10 inches. SOLD

Studio Drawers, 2017, oil on canvas over panel, 10 x 10 inches. SOLD

Studio Wall (Front Door), 2017, oil on canvas over panel, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD

Studio Wall (Front Door), 2017, oil on canvas over panel, 10 x 8 inches. SOLD