Chris Doyle explores aspiration and progress through his animation-based process, questioning the foundation of a culture consumed by striving.

Artist Bio

Leap is a video projection of 420 New Yorkers from all five boroughs onto the façade of Two Columbus Circle. For a week in April of 2000, beginning at dusk, a continuous stream of New Yorkers appeared one-by-one at the base of the building, and leapt up across the height of the facade, slipping into the sky. The Metropolitan Transit Authority posted 3,500 car cards and station posters with words and images of the participants gathered during the videotaping sessions. The car cards did not function simply as advertising for the April event, but as a parallel and related piece.

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Chris Doyle

Chris Doyle

Brooklyn, NY

In his animation-based practice, Chris Doyle explores aspiration and progress, questioning the foundation of a culture consumed by striving. His narratives feature a world of increasing speed and complexity in which environmental disaster and social inequities continue to generate anxiety of a looming apocalypse. Doyle is a Brooklyn, NY-based artist. In addition to recent exhibitions in New York, Berlin and Los Angeles, his work has been shown at The Brooklyn Museum of Art, The Queens Museum of Art, PS 1, The Brooklyn Academy of Music, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Sculpture Center, and as part of the New York Video Festival at Lincoln Center. His work includes temporary and permanent projects in the public sphere including Leap, presented by Creative Time; Commutable, presented by the Public Art Fund, and 50,000 Beds, a large-scale collaborative video installation involving 45 artists presented simultaneously at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (Ridgefield), Artspace (New Haven), and Real Art Ways (Hartford). His work has been supported by grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and NYSCA. Doyle received his Bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Boston College, and his Master’s in architecture from Harvard University. In 2007, he completed The Moons, an outdoor three-screen video piece for the new Sprint Arena in Kansas City, MO.