work for new public library

public art projects — chris on June 9, 2010 at 1:40 pm

I have been working for some time now on works for a new public library here in San Antonio at the former Mission Drive-In site adjacent to Mission San Jose. This site has a very long history dating back through pre-colonial days. In the work I am trying to acknowledge the complex and rich history of the neighborhood by using geological strata as visual analogues for the historically rich foundations of the area. I am posting some of the drawings as work has not yet begun on the actual site. Grand opening is slated for some time in March 2011.

Exploding Silos

Exploding Silos — chris on June 2, 2010 at 4:15 pm

“Exploding Silos” is a series of paintingsĀ  that show an agricultural system at the point of breakdown. The fleshy pink explosions emanating from the grain silosĀ  are applied with thick impasto. They were first shown at Three Walls in San Antonio in February 2010.

"Exploding Silos" graphite, sprayaint, acrylic, enamel on panel"Exploding Silos III" acrylic, latex, enamel on panel

"Exploding Silo V" acrylic, spray paint, enamel on panel

"Exploding Silos II" spray paint, acrylic, enamel, graphite on panel

"Exploding Silo II" graphite, spray paint, latex, acrylic, enamel on panel

"Exploding Silo III" acrylic, latex, enamel, spraypaint on panel

“Blackbird”

Theatre Sets — chris on June 2, 2010 at 3:33 pm

The following is a set that I co-designed with Rick Frederick and built for the Attic Rep’ s production of “Blackbird.”

July 2009

The scene is a factory’s filthy break room.

"Blackbird" set seen from above

"Blackbird" seen from above

"Blackbird" set right view

"Blackbird" set left view

“The Goat or Who is Sylvia”

Theatre Sets — chris on June 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm

The following is a set that I designed and built for Attic Rep’s production of “The Goat or Who is Sylvia?”

May 2009

The setting is a living room of a Pritzker Prize winning architect. Upon hearing that her husband (the architect) is having an affair with a goat, the wife begins destroying items in the house. With each action of destruction, perforations open in the set to reveal the artifice of the set. By the final scene, a curtain in the hallway is opened, unveiling mirrors that reflect the back side of the set and the audience. Everything is laid bare.