2019

Christopher Evans (b.1985, Schenectady, NY) is a multi-disciplinary artist who was adopted by Christian Fundamentalist parents and homeschooled with his other adopted siblings. He was raised with a singular view of the world. His work questions the concept of identity and questions the notion of universality while still accepting that contradictions exist.  There is an inescapable sense of shame involved as he continues to strip down his own identity to expose the parts of him worth saving. His work questions isolationism, maleness and the concept of universality through grotesque, honest, and humorous self-reflection and imagery.

 

His paintings demonstrate how life extends beyond his own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of being raised in an evangelical isolationist environment. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between “Self” and “Other Self”, between our own ‘inherently self-destructive’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By parodying the traditional male gaze portrait and exaggerating certain formal aspects inherent to our masculine society, he makes works that can be seen as self-portraits. Sometimes they appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times, they seem like vacant, ghastly critiques of his old religious community's  so-called "Faith-based isolationism.” He investigates the anxiety of his diverse and divided generation through repetition and self-reflection where the idea of "self" exists as a contradiction as he tries to navigate life while he straddles two worlds with a foot in each.

 

His works are saturated with obviousness, grotesqueness, mental inertia, clichés, and bad jokes. With the use of appropriated materials and imagery which are borrowed from a day-to-day context, he presents monstrosity as ordinary as well as including references to texts, painting, and mythology. 

 

Christopher is currently working out of St. Petersburg, Florida and is a graduate from University at Albany with an MA in Studio Arts in 2016 and from USF with a Masters in Fine Arts in 2019.

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