The Rena Bransten Gallery is pleased to present our first solo exhibition of work by Chris Thorson. Thorson's sculptures are not what they seem, but in the trompe l’oeil tradition, they are convincing examples of what they appear to be - lost, extra, or cast off quotidian objects like plastic bags, fruit boxes, or a sweater – items used and dropped unnoticed. The medium for these pieces is hydrocal. Thorson casts the objects themselves in two part molds; then when set, she trims and paints them with gouache. When asked about her works she says: “I am interested in how ordinary objects like T-shirts, cigarette butts, or lost gloves act as personal artifacts and cultural symbols. Drawing upon conventions of trompe l’oeil and the readymade, my sculptures posit a gap between perception and material reality, and they test the boundaries between what is overlooked and what is esteemed.”
Thorson received her MFA from San Francisco Art Institute in 2004 and her BFA from Washington University at St. Louis in 2001. Her work has recently been included in exhibitions and auctions at Southern Exposure and Root Division in San Francisco and Interface Gallery and Pro Arts Gallery in Oakland, as well as being included in our 2012 Bridge show, celebrating the Golden Gate Bridge's 75th Anniversary.