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Artist Talk with Christopher Mercier


South Bay Contemporary / Zask Gallery
550 Deep Valley Drive, Suite 151, Rolling Hills Estates, California


A r t i s t T a l k
July 19th, 4 - 6 pm
"Portrait of the Artist" photos by Gloria Plascencia

Chris will present his creative process linking his art with his architectural designs, showing images and answering questions.

Chris worked as Senior Associate for Frank O Gehry and Associates for 9 years, and worked on some of the industries' most respected international projects, including the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Condé Nast Cafeteria in New York, artist Richard Serra's pedestrian bridge in London, and the Bio-Diversity Museum in Panama, among other architectural monuments.
My "paintings" are focused on explorations of the workings of the "pictoral window" and its relationship to space. Traditionally, because of the separation of space created by the pictorial window or picture plane, painting has always represented space as two-dimensional or as a three-dimensional illusion (perspective techniques). Painting has never been able to engage in actual space three-dimensionally. My work reframes the picture plane to investigate an expanded condition. The whole process resembles a cross between the acts of painting, sculpting, and architectural modeling that allows Painting to move through the pictorial window. The field of painting extends into real, experiential three-dimensional space.

Chris was selected as an outstanding South Bay artist by curators Max Presneill (Torrance Art Museum) and Peggy Zask (SBC)

Posted by Christopher Lawrence Mercier on 7/19/14 | tags: architecture painting abstract sculpture mixed-media modern

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