Chris Weller
Medium: Drawing

Studio Location:
168 7th Street (2nd Floor)
Studio # 2nd Floor, Brooklyn Woods

Email: chriswellernyc@gmail.com

Website:: chriswellernyc.com

Artist Bio:
Education:
Western Michigan University
Honors College, BFA Painting

Private Collections:
Edward Miller and Monina von Opel
Laurie David

Permanent Collections:
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo MI
Martha's Vineyard Hospital, MA

Residency:
2017 Chateau Orquevaux, Orquevaux France

Solo Exhibitions:
2000 Spring Studio, New York City
2008 Brooklyn Art Space, New York
2017 RPM, New York City

Group Exhibitions:
1990 Michigan Artists Competition, Battle Creek MI
1990 Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
2005 Craven Gallery, Martha's Vineyard MA
2007 National Arts Club, New York City
2009 Spring Studio Anniversary Show, New York City
2010 Gramercy Association Annual Show, New York City
2015 Compositions Show, Trestle Gallery, Brooklyn NY
2016 Member Salon, Trestle Gallery, NY
2017 Immersive Art Experience, Industry City, Brooklyn NY

Press:
2017 "Endless Bridges to Cross", Interview with Artist Daily/Artists Network
2017 "Power and Perspective", Interview with Western Michigan University

Artist Statement:
I make drawings to explore man's relationship with the urban environment he has built, juxtaposed against his tenuous relationship with nature. I am intrigued by the unlikely beauty of urban decay and constantly search for images which convey this disparity both visually and conceptually. My goal is to create work which communicates the continual state of decay and reclamation by nature that I experience living in the city.

For me, the urban landscape appears as an endless grey-scale. Because of this absence of colour I have chosen to work with charcoal on paper. The sooty feel of the medium conveys a sort of fading corrosion. I look for opposing themes of beauty and ugliness, despair and hope. The inconsistency of allowing our created urban environment to decay leaves us without a place to be in the world, alienated from both nature and ourselves. The precise, detailed technique emphasizes the contradiction between our place in nature and the disintegration and gradual decline in soundness of the place we have built.

My current work has grown out of the diversity of my own experience. Having lived near wilderness, in rural, suburban, and urban areas I clearly see the struggle to find a sense of belonging in the city. I want to challenge the ideas of urban life being simply glamorous or decrepit and show the everyday, slow failings we constantly live with.




All images and text copyright Chris Weller