Tampa, FL – You are almost perfect is a solo exhibition of Christopher Christian’s abstract oil paintings depicting imagined internal conflicts, held in the Centre Gallery at the University of South Florida. These large, colorful compositions feature contrasting elements and styles, with a focus on the linear and graphic.
The paintings presented are part of Christian’s latest body of work; completed within the last year. This new series features a merging of past surreal techniques with cartoon-like renderings depicting paranoid delusions and repeating graphic patterns. Colorful depictions and aesthetics disguise the chaotic and misanthropic scenes displayed in large scale.
Christian’s studio practice consists of several processes and techniques used to create random backgrounds and imagery. Components are synthesized into complementing forms with the graphic linear qualities referencing pop culture as well as graffiti. Part of his analogue relies on his amplification of misleading and ambiguous information, producing a tactile experience. Rich and varied colors in smeared textures provide the backdrops for the linear and narrative elements.
Christian’s abstract compositions feature an implied visual stupidity, breaking content into barely digestible thoughts. When constructed, these fragments gain new purpose, with placement and repetition affirming the decision through intention. The ultimate goal being to not simply translate reality into something more internalized, but instead to craft a personal visual language that avoids openly referencing the outside world while acting as a vehicle to document his own subconscious and internal experiences.
DessART, the opening reception for You are almost perfect, is held on Nov. 2nd from 12-1 p.m. and the closing reception for this exhibit is Friday, Nov. 13th, from 7-9 p.m., in the gallery. The Centre Gallery is located on the second floor of the Marshall Student Center in room 2700, at 4202 E. Fowler Ave., Tampa, Fla. It is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, please contact the Center Gallery at 813.974.5464