In his paintings, Christopher Mir weaves together images from across the digital landscape. Together the wayward glances and stoic scenes become cinematic dreams. Some of these are darkened in the foreground, seemingly lit from behind and overcast. The liminal space that the canvas can provide, one in between waking reality and pictorial representation, is at play here. What is the story that we’re tuning into? There are onlookers and witnesses, from the sordid gaze of anonymous human figures to the passive gaze of birds in trees. Within each painting and taken collectively, Mir is able to convey the power of storytelling to conjure the academic as well as the mystical.
Christopher Mir was born in 1970 in Baltimore, MD. He earned a BA from Marlboro College in Marlboro, VT and an MFA from Boston University in Boston, MA. In 2019 he was featured in the exhibition Suffering from Realness at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art curated by Denise Markinosh. Additional recent solo exhibitions include: David Shelton Gallery, Houston, TX (2019); Giampreto Gallery Project Space, New Haven, CT (2015); TM Projects, Geneva, Switzerland (2013) and Benrimon Contemporary, New York, NY (2013). Major collections include the Yale University Art Gallery, Susan and Michael Hort, Simon Watson, Pamela Auchincloss, Matthew and Iris Strauss, Beth Rudin DeWoody, and Jeff Bezos.