Paper, rope, acrylic, enamel
40" x 18" x 14"
mirage painting (pink), 2013
Enamel on canvas
34" x 30"
Double Portrait, Marina, Ulay and a Left Hand #1
Traditional gesso, transferred crayon and vandalism on wood panel
30" x 40"
1/2 hour thinking: Village Green: blue
Gum bichromate process on canvas. Digital recording.
30" x 24"
Performing Methods–in context
curated by Chris Oatey
Marc Philip van Kempen
February 24 – March 30, 2013
Artist Reception: Sunday, February 24, 5 – 7 p.m.
Artist Walkthrough & Closing Reception: Saturday, March 30, 2013, 3 p.m.
CB1 Gallery is pleased to announce Chris Oatey: Performing Methods an exhibition of painting, sculpture and installation. It will be Chris Oatey’s second exhibition with the gallery and the work presented continues the artist’s ongoing exploration of using simple materials (paper, rope, paint) to produce the unexpected.
In Chris Oatey: Performing Methods, Oatey begins his process by crumpling paper and then wrapping these forms as the starting point for a deeper exploration into how art objects are made. Automatic tasks are combined with later reflection and a sort of stretching out of the possibilities of the original action to generate other future iterations. His mirage paintings take this process in a slightly different direction by using a stencil created in a parallel process to the sculptural forms construction. Other work incorporates leftovers created through his process with finished works to present a compelling example of how ideas of the performative manifest themselves in contemporary art practices.
Oatey has also curated the group exhibition, Performing Methods—in context, which is running concurrently in our West Gallery. This show highlights the practices of six artists that use the performative within the mediums of drawing, painting, sculpture and video. Oatey selected the artists by recognizing specific processes in each of their practices that overlap with ideas and processes in his own. Maria Walker’s sculptural canvases on and off the wall create tension using traditional painting support materials. Their shape is dependent on her combination of soft material and rigid supports. Marc Philip van Kempen’s work in the show is a collage that was physically constructed as a life-size set and then photographed. Joe Winter’s chalk drawings relate to a previous installation in which he creates a record of disintegrating chalk from a constructed system of water drips. Joey Kötting’s performance paintings are made with a gum- bichromate photographic process that is a record of the act of making his accompanying sound piece. Pascual Sisto’s spin on real and fake plants creates a chameleon-like installation that casts the plant in the role of performer. The layering and repetition of Amélie Chabannes’s work is scarred by being drilled into, defacing the surface of the drawing. A printed broadsheet is being produced to accompany the exhibition with interviews between Matthew Schum and Chris Oatey and the artists in the group exhibition.
Chris Oatey received an MFA from Otis College of Art and Design and a BS in Cartography from the University of Colorado. In addition to his earlier solo show at CB1 Gallery, he has had numerous solo and group exhibitions throughout southern California. He has received an artist completion grant from The Durfee Foundation (2008) and a residency fellowship (2009) from the Ucross Foundation. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.