Whether through sculpture, painting, or mixed media, Chris’ work is generally defined by creating illusions. He challenges the viewer’s sense of reality by creating objects or images, naturalistically rendered, but behaving counter to the nature of the material or the images portrayed.
By using wood to replicate objects made of other materials, like a soft cotton sock, the stark contrast between perceived reality and actuality provides an illusory experience for the viewer. It is especially effective when the wood appears to take on non-wood-like qualities described by words like: soft, pliable, limp, flimsy, draping, melting, folding or fuzzy.
The image choices usually reflect Chris’ interests, like reptiles, surfing, wildlife, cars and tools; but can also be origin-less mainstays in his visual vocabulary like meat, dolls and bananas. Whichever reference point he decides to use, the illusion can be fanciful or nostalgic, a nod to the every day, or trip into another reality.
After receiving his BFA, Chris enjoyed a 25 year career as an illustrator and graphic designer in the energy industry. He currently works out of his cramped studio in his Houston Heights garage.
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