July 19, 2019

Troutman Artwork on Display at CSM


Artist Chris Troutman will have his work on display at the College of Southern Maryland Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery from Nov. 19 to Dec. 13, 2018. The gallery is in the CSM Fine Arts Center, FA Building at 8730 Mitchell Road in La Plata.

Mr. Troutman’s exhibit is titled┬áTime and Line: Drawing and Narrative. Troutman draws human figures in contemporary urban settings, shown from unexpected vantage points. The gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 am to 9 pm, and then Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm.

Visiting the exhibit is free.

In an artist’s statement, Troutman said he focuses on drawing as his primary medium for his studio research.

“Typically, I collect source materials from direct observation or photographs, which I synthesize in compositional exercises as sketches that lead to final works,” he said in his statement, listed on the CSM website. Troutman said he starts his drawings as marks and lines, without preparatory compositional sketches.

“Figures and environments in individual compositions present singular moments within a suggested narrative, which I enhance by dividing images into sections to tell stories in multipart works,” he said in his statement. “Additionally, I use multiple sections in drawings to juxtapose imagery from the US and Japan, the two places I live each year.”

Mr. Troutman said he focuses on people in contemporary urban settings, presenting them from unexpected vantage points.

He said his influences include artists who focus “on composition and the relationship of the human figure and their surrounding urban space, which includes artists Edgar Degas, Edward Hopper, and Robert Birmelin.”

Troutman created large-scale drawings without frames or glass, which he says brings the artwork into the viewer’s space and allows the viewer to see the process each drawing has undergone.

“The scale of the drawings, the figures within them, as well as composition and point of view, place the audience in unexpected, and sometimes overwhelming, spaces, enabling the resonant experiences from which the drawings are inspired achieve a similar resonance with viewers,” he said.

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