Our anatomy is full of symmetry; nostrils, sinuses, eyes, breasts, ovaries, testicles, arms, legs, feet, hands, and lungs. Even our brain has sides. Popular culture puts people who are perfectly proportionate, balanced, and symmetrical on a pedestal, but what if someone were to add an extra part - an eye to increase comprehension or a couple more fingers to make themselves more dexterous? Do they become the freak or more advanced? Doubles is a visual examination this transformation.
Tennant takes inspiration from the city around him; the rich textures of old and new construction, mending, and erosion. His painting surfaces mimic this design; smooth new surfaces give way to the broken, torn edges and fault lines. On top of these formed grounds, he paints from observation.
Chris Tennant studied Fine Arts at Columbus College of Art and Design, focusing on painting and sculpture. In 2012, he was part of the Lego show at the Columbus Museum of Art, Think Outside the Brick. He currently works in central Ohio as a studio artist and 3D designer.
* There will be closing reception with the artist on Thursday October 9th from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. There will be prints of select pieces available for free to those who attend.
The Kuhn Fine Arts Gallery is located off the main lobby at the east entrance of Ohio State Morrill Hall, 1465 Mount Vernon Avenue, Marion, Ohio 43302
The gallery is free and open to the public Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., September through May, and 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. June through August.