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Christopher Watts
updated: 07/30/2009
 
 
   
 
 
     
 
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1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 Series Sketch
2, 4, 8, 16 Series Sketch
Spiral Tile
Spiral Silver Lattice
Tile and Lattice Sketch
10, 9, 11 Lattice Sketch
10, 11/12, 11 Lattice Sketch
Lattice Series Sketch
20 Lattice Sketch
Spiral Line Lattice 21 x 21 Grid
Tibet, Rice Ritual 1-37 Air
Tibet, Rice Ritual 37-1 Space
Tibet, Rice Ritual 1-37
Tibet, Rice Ritual 37-1
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, conceptual, diagrammatic, geometric, meditative, pattern, spiritual, systems, repetition, science
 
 
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 Series Sketch by Christopher Watts
1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 Series Sketch
Color pencil and ink on paper
2008
5" x  8" 
2, 4, 8, 16 Series Sketch by Christopher Watts
2, 4, 8, 16 Series Sketch
Color pencil and ink on paper
2008
5" x  8" 
Spiral Tile by Christopher Watts
Spiral Tile
Color pencil and ink on paper
2008
5 1/2 " x  5 1/2 " 
Spiral Silver Lattice by Christopher Watts
Spiral Silver Lattice
Color pencil and ink on paper
2008
5 1/2" x  5 1/2" 
Tile and Lattice Sketch by Christopher Watts
Tile and Lattice Sketch
Pencil, ink on paper
2008
8" x  5" 
10, 9, 11 Lattice Sketch by Christopher Watts
10, 9, 11 Lattice Sketch
Pencil, ink on paper
2008
8" x  5" 
10, 11/12, 11 Lattice Sketch by Christopher Watts
10, 11/12, 11 Lattice Sketch
Pencil, ink on paper
2008
8" x  5" 
Lattice Series Sketch by Christopher Watts
Lattice Series Sketch
Pencil, ink on paper
2008
5" x  8" 
20 Lattice Sketch by Christopher Watts
20 Lattice Sketch
Pencil, ink on paper
2008
8" x  5" 
Spiral Line Lattice 21 x 21 Grid by Christopher Watts
Spiral Line Lattice 21 x 21 Grid
Pencil on paper
2008
10 1/2" x  10 1/2" 
Tibet, Rice Ritual 1-37 Air by Christopher Watts
Tibet, Rice Ritual 1-37 Air
Mixed media on paper
2009
7" x  7" 
Tibet, Rice Ritual 37-1 Space by Christopher Watts
Tibet, Rice Ritual 37-1 Space
Mixed media on paper
2009
7" x  7" 
Tibet, Rice Ritual 1-37 by Christopher Watts
Tibet, Rice Ritual 1-37
Mixed media on paper
2009
7" x  7" 
Tibet, Rice Ritual 37-1 by Christopher Watts
Tibet, Rice Ritual 37-1
Mixed media on paper
2009
7" x  7" 

Artist Statement

My work continues a long-term interest in patterning, underlying order and, to a certain degree, spiritual or esoteric ideas.  The images are not necessarily mathematical; they do however include numbers that refer to location and proportional relationships.  Some viewers become involved in the process of uncovering how the general patterns are constructed—a puzzle I suppose.  From my perspective, I am very interested in stimulating those deeper contemplative moments where the viewer’s thoughts drift inward—perhaps into their own interpretation as to the place that patterns, of all types, have in our experience.

When discussing my work I attempt to broaden the influence that order, placement, and patterning have had on the evolution of my inquiries.  Topics include Bronze Age monuments, spirals and mazes, Pythagoras, counting processes, bell-ringing, Theosophy, sound, and of course the geometrical tradition in art.  As a mid to late career artist, my interest in patterns and systems represents a life long commitment to this line of inquiry and expression. 

Early on the purely visual aspect of my imagery was minimized in order to enhance the ideas concerning pattern and systems through numerical signage.  Slowly over time the balance between the conceptual and the visual have reached a more equal relationship--with the edge being given to the conceptual content.  One of the difficulties working with pattern is the potential for the work to become purely decorative.  So, for me, it has always been important to layer in other references, including the use of color symbolism, that direct the viewers attention toward location, order, and other esoteric content.  One of the significant challenges over the years has been to stay the course and explore to the fullest extent possible the potential of just a few ordering configurations—diagonal, spiral, and horizontal forms and of course the grid.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION:

M.F.A.             Ohio University

B.F.A.              University of London, Goldsmith's

                        Plymouth College of Art 

SELECTED ACTIVITY:               

CWU Intersections:  Works on Paper, CWU, Ellensburg

“Mark My Word: text, code & literary illusion,” Museum of Northwest Art

"Number Structures, Marks to Sounds," SFCC, Spokane & UI, Prichard Art Gallery, Moscow

"Mondriaanhuis/Archive 90," Amersfoort, NL

"Spirals, Numbers & Colored Layers," Mary Baldwin College

“Number, Pattern, Image,” Kelowna Art Gallery

"Translations," Norwich Gallery, Norwich & Reed's Wharf Gallery, London

"Approaches to Abstraction," Art Gallery of South Okanagan & Grand Forks Art Gallery

" Washington: 100 Years, 100 Paintings," Bellevue Art Museum

" 2 Hats: Artist/ Administrator/ Curator/ Critic,” Seattle Pacific University. 

" Rational Systems,” Seattle Pacific University & University of Puget Sound & Portland Community College

"Multiples: The Sciences & Art,” Washington State Arts Commission

"Bumberbiennale, Decade of Abstraction 1979-l989", Seattle

"Contemporary Tennessee Drawings,” Cheekwood Fine Arts Center, Nashville

"Artists Who Work with the Computer,” Art Academy of Cincinnati

"10 in Tennessee + Nine,” Dulin Gallery of Art, Knoxville

"Art Since 'Century 21': 1961-1983,” Seattle Center

Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh

"Shapes as Ideas,” Henry Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle

"Rational Practice,” University of Sussex

"Constructive Context,” Warehouse Gallery, London

"P.C.L.,” Concourse Gallery, London           

Northern Arts Centre, Newcastle

Institute of Contemporary Art, London

Museum of Modern Art, Oxford

Fine Arts Center, University of Rhode Island

Lorinda Knight Gallery, Spokane

Linda Farris Gallery, Seattle

Cumberland Gallery, Nashville

Traver Gallery, Seattle

CD: The Contemporary Percussionist, Twenty Etudes by Udow & Watts, Publisher Equilibrium.

The Contemporary Percussionist: A Multiple Percussion Method,    Udow & Watts, Meredith Music.

6 X 6 Scanning, music notation for percussion, Udow & Watts, ACA