Using modeling systems, Colin Prahl’s paintings accurately represents current concepts in neuroscience, astrophysics and game theory. Largely research driven, the paintings document his study of a specific topic or interest. Prahl looks to architectural renderings, optical illusions, logical puzzles, as well as scientific and medical illustration for inspiration. Transcending illustration’s role as a communicative device while retaining familiar formats, Prahl’s densely detailed and colorful landscape-structures utilize isometric grids to allow for repeated tiling patterns and game-like maps that extend in all directions.
Challenging himself by alternating between several painting series simultaneously, Prahl explores micro and macro, tangible and theorized, phantasmagoric and factual. Regardless of topic, all of his work shares an intense focus on color. The variation between lines and shapes is often a subtle shift in hue, creating a soothing, almost fleshy graduated surface.
Approaching the Holes in Holism and Threeway Freeway are three-dimensional mazes with intricate overlapping and intertwining taffy-and-rainbow colored volumetric squiggly and geometric shapes. Swirling vortexes appear like escape hatches in the former, and a racetrack lifts into a mobius strip in the later, nodding to the possibility of parallel dimensions or a multiverse. Decoupled Oscillator focuses on shallow overlapping layers abutting a ledge and a lower tier of pulsating chambers. More closely cropped, An Unequal Application of Force may be a cross-section of the subcutaneous layer when punctured--painted in calming tones, it is as soothing as watching the tide roll in. An Incomplete Modular Diagram of Human Vision is the first in a series of three which renders neuroanatomical functional diagrams on the sciences of vision, audition and motor functions and their pathways between the brain and the outside world.
Originally from Potsdam, New York, Colin Prahl earned a BFA in illustration at Rhode Island School of Design and relocated to New York City soon afterwards. Colin’s work has been included in several group shows throughout the U.S. including New York, Nevada, Nebraska, Connecticut and Rhode Island. His most recent show curated by Sirus Fountain will be shown at Imaginary Clouds Collective in Philadelphia, and is the first exhibition to include work from his Modular Diagram series. Prahl’s work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Paradigm and BOMB magazine. Colin works with an artists' retreat in India, and has his sights set on traveling extensively in the U.S. Still early in his career, Neesh is thrilled to have such an ambitious and visionary artist join our tightly curated roster of artists.
Photos of the artist forthcoming, please stay tuned!