January 1 - February 28
Artists Reception: Saturday, February 24, 4 - 8
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Chris Villon is primarily a painter, but has worked in other 2D media such as graphite, ink, and collage. Inspired by visionaries such as Francis Bacon, Chris Ware, Kathe Kollwitz, Aubrey Beardsley, Henry Darger, Steve Reich, (Sister) Corita Kent, Max Ernst, Sigmar Polke, Philip Guston, Keith Haring, Cecily Brown, and Brian Eno, Chris currently navigates a vivid pictorial space informed as much by landscape as by figurative gesture and presence.
"Often working from improvisation in a mode of abstraction, I layer and build spaces of balance and movement in the pursuit of portraying the effects of trauma on the human spirit and body. The ecstasy of existence plays as much of a role in my work as pain and existential dread. I am steadily building a language that is intended to weave a personal narrative and simultaneously create a sympathetic and more universal reading, and I invite the viewer to personally interpret what they are seeing. No interpretation is "false".