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Christopher Barbour

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Birthplace
Bassett, Virginia

Birth year
1969

Lives in
Los Angeles

Works in
Los Angeles

Website

Statement


I am from a small town in southern Virginia. A rural, company town… furniture and textiles. Unfortunately, today dying a slow globalization death. Growing up in a small town you spend most of your time daydreaming the escape, expecting life outside to be more. You feel so few freedoms when you grow up with so many eyes on you. Expectations to fill and roles to play. Upon leaving, you often crave the simplicity and innocence you experienced while living there. In some ways, it was quite idyllic yet constraining, a duality I have lived all my life. Creating a constant desire to escape and experience more.

I am self-taught. I have watched and felt images all my life. I am of the “TV baby” generation, and though I played in the creeks and woods as a child, my vision is born from the confluence of these childhood memories with the architecture, art, cinema, design and music that I surround myself with as an adult. Some days I miss that small town, the simplicity, and I still struggle with where I belong.

My work is about searching. For myself, for understanding, for sight. I seek balance in our hectic modern world. Observing it while challenging the viewer to slow down and see with me. My images often carry the expression of life moving constantly captured in one small frame. I don’t necessarily mean to be nostalgic, or imbue sentimentality, but most of my work comes from an intuitive sense of feeling and emotion, and these markers are often construed as I contemplate connection. I am deeply interested in the concepts of wabi-sabi, of temporality, of the mechanism discerning sight to consciousness, our ability to be present. Influenced by many art forms, particularly painting, drawing, and music, I strive to make images cataloging my experience as if looking underneath rocks for new discoveries just as I did as a young boy. Now, I look underneath moments, thoughts, places. Looking for simplicity within the complexities of our human existence.

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born in Bassett, Virginia, 1969
lives in Los Angeles, California

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2012
Piedmont Arts, Martinsville, VA

2010
unraveling the tapestry, Stephen Cohen Gallery Project Room, Los Angeles, CA

2005
nightswimming, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2011
Chain Letter, Shoshana Wayne Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
Not a CAR, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Off the Wall, Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena, CA
Photo LA (special installation of unraveling the tapestry), Stephen Cohen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2010
Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
Gem, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2009
Venice Art Walk: 30th Anniversary, Venice, CA
More with Less, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Collectible, Wallspace Gallery, Seattle, WA
Truth or Dare, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
The Revealing, Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Out There, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Gem, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2007
Biannual, LAAA|South, Hermosa Beach, CA
Summer stock, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Open Call LA 2007, Los Angeles Munical Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA

2006
Biannual, LAAA|South, Hermosa Beach, CA
Scale, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Focus on Photography, Venice Art Walk, Venice, CA
Gem, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Photography Exhibition, Long Beach Arts, Long Beach, CA

2005
Mixed Bag, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Inaugural Exhibition, drkrm.gallery, Los Angeles, CA
50/50 Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2004
Petite Works II, Gallery 825/Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
The F-Stops Here, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
50/50 Show, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Between One and Ten, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
New Members 2003, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2003
$200 Show, Andrewshire Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Petite Works, Gallery 825/Bergamot Station, Santa Monica, CA
Icon-o-Clash, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Transformations II, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA
Make Yourself at Home, Gallery 825, Los Angeles, CA

2002
A Photographic Journey, Urban Art Photo Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

PUBLICATIONS

2011
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 45: Abstraction (February/March), www.fstopmagazine.com

2009
Lightleaks Magazine, Issue 12

2008
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 31: Focus (October/November), www.fstopmagazine.com
Lightleaks Magazine, Issue 10
F-Stop Magazine, Issue 28: Night (April/May), www.fstopmagazine.com

HONORS

2008
Winner, IRevelar inaugural competition, Naomi Silva Gallery, Atlanta, GA
Juried Participant, ACP10 Review, Atlanta, GA

2006
Juried Participant, Review Santa Fe, Center, Santa Fe, NM

VISITING ARTIST LECTURES/COMMITTEES

Finding Your Vision, Julia Dean Photo Workshops, Venice, CA, Nov 2008
The Next Step I /II, Julia Dean Photo Workshops, Venice, CA, Sept 2007, Feb 2008, Oct 2008
Co-chair, Photography:NOW! panel, Los Angeles Art Association, 2006
Program Committee member, Los Angeles Art Association, 2005-2006

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Arts and Sciences, concentrations film, theater and English, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, 1994

Recent Exhibits

Christopher Barbour participated in these exhibits:

Nov, 2011 Yea Big: small works
Cohen Gallery
 
Jul, 2010 Christopher Barbour in the Viewing Room
Cohen Gallery
 
Sep, 2007 Biannual
LAAA South/The Mike Napoliello Gallery
 
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