Srijon Chowdhury at Upfor

Artist: Srijon Chowdhury

Exhibition title: The Coldest Night

Venue: Upfor, Portland, US

Date: February 28, 2017 – March 31, 2018

Photography: all images copyright and courtesy of the artist and Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury’s second solo exhibition with Upfor includes thirteen new oil paintings occupying the threshold between fairytale and realism, rich in references to literature, art history and the artist’s personal history.

Having spent several months in 2017 creating Revelation Theater, a series of large-scale paintings about the apocalypse, the intimate-scale works in The Coldest Night are, Chowdhury says, evidence of “the residue of immersing myself in that story and now trying to get back out of it.”

Consciously situated in the anxiety of the contemporary moment, Chowdhury hopes to help us “find beauty in darkness and see the darkness that frames all beauty.”

Srijon Chowdhury (b. 1987 in Bangladesh) received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design (2013). Intended to act in the space between knowledge and emotion, his dream-like oil paintings consider the present moment as part of a larger, intuited (perhaps mythic) history.

Chowdhury frequently uses repetition to examine the changes and removal that occur with each re-telling of history, a concept rooted in the experience of overlap and disjunction. He has exhibited in Los Angeles at Klowden Mann, The Torrance Art Museum, Jaus, Launch Gallery and Helen Bolsky Gallery; at Vox Populi in Philadelphia, in Chicago at Sector 2337, in Miami at Fredric Snitzer Gallery, and at The Gallery in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Chowdhury divides his time between Los Angeles, CA and Portland, OR, where he runs an alternative exhibition space, Chicken Coop Contemporary. Chowdhury is part of Endings, a two-artist exhibition curated by Blake Shell on view at The Art Gym at Marylhurst University through March 4, 2018. He recently received a 2018 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission.

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, The Coldest Night, 2018, exhibition view, Upfor, Portland

Srijon Chowdhury, Phone, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Boy, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Mirror, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Varied Thrush, 2018, oil paint on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Ophelia, 2018, oil paint on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Apple, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Morning Glory, 2018, oil paint on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, White Roses, 2018, oil paint on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Candle, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Butterfly, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Vase, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Fire, 2018, oil paint on linen, 12 x 16 inches

Srijon Chowdhury, Airplane, 2018, oil paint on linen, 16 x 12 inches

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