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.
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.