For this recent series of paintings, LA-based Hylden established a system of distinct parts: a printed area with an image, a gestural silver wash, and a sprayed area. The images in the work (a stool, a fan) come from his studio, and in a sense, the subject of the painting is the act of making a painting.

For his recent series of paintings, LA-based artist Nathan Hylden established a system of distinct parts: a printed area with an image, a gestural silver wash, and a sprayed area. The images in the work (a stool, a fan, etc) come from his studio, and in a sense, the subject of the painting is the act of making a …

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Nathan Hylden creates paintings using rigorous conceptual processes that investigate the philosophical relationships between cause and effect, absence and presence, and emptiness and meaning. For a 2010 series, he devised a strict technical process and used it to create nine paintings: he painted his canvases a holographic gold, then stacked them in arrangements on the floor and sprayed the overlapping sections yellow, before finally stenciling black stripes onto each. The process resulted in nine similar paintings, intrinsically related by virtue of their genesis and aesthetic and yet each unpredictably unique. In a related series of prints, Hylden screen-printed aluminum plates with an image of a blank canvas—to him, a symbol of emptiness—which he then presented alongside actual blank canvases, revealing his conviction that the processes and materials of painting are themselves pregnant with meaning.

Selected exhibitions
2019
Shimon Minamikawa & Nathan HyldenHakgojae Gallery
2018
Spirit PaintingPEANA
2014
Nathan Hylden : Of All ThingsMISAKO & ROSEN
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Untitled, 2013

Acrylic on aluminum
77 1/2 × 51 × 1 in
196.9 × 129.5 × 2.5 cm
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For this recent series of paintings, LA-based Hylden established a system of distinct parts: a …

For his recent series of paintings, LA-based artist Nathan Hylden established a system of distinct …

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy of the artist and Johann König, Berlin

Nathan Hylden creates paintings using rigorous conceptual processes that investigate the philosophical relationships between cause and effect, absence and presence, and emptiness and meaning. For a 2010 series, he devised a strict technical process and used it to create nine paintings: he painted his canvases a holographic gold, then stacked them in arrangements on the floor and sprayed the overlapping sections yellow, before finally stenciling black stripes onto each. The process resulted in nine similar paintings, intrinsically related by virtue of their genesis and aesthetic and yet each unpredictably unique. In a related series of prints, Hylden screen-printed aluminum plates with an image of a blank canvas—to him, a symbol of emptiness—which he then presented alongside actual blank canvases, revealing his conviction that the processes and materials of painting are themselves pregnant with meaning.

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