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Christopher Spinelli
updated: 07/11/2012
website: www.christopherspinelli.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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C Wave 019
C Wave 020
C Wave 018
C Wave 015
C Wave 014
C Wave 017
C Wave 012
C Wave 011
C Wave 013
C Wave 016
C Wave 009
C Wave 006
C Wave 007
C Wave 008
C Wave 005
 
Portfolio Keywords:  abstract, architecture, text, technology, conceptual, geometric, pattern, diagrammatic, information, mapping
 
 
C Wave 019 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 019
Ink, coffee on paper
2012
12" x  9" 
C Wave 020 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 020
Ink, coffee, gel medium on paper
2012
12" x  9" 
C Wave 018 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 018
Ink, coffee on paper
2011
12" x  9" 
C Wave 015 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 015
ink, coffee on paper
2008
12 " x  9 " 
C Wave 014 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 014
ink, coffee on paper
2008
12" x  9" 
C Wave 017 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 017
Ink, coffee on paper
2011
12" x  9" 
C Wave 012 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 012
ink, acrylic on paper
2008
12 " x  9 " 
C Wave 011 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 011
ink, acrylic on paper
2008
12 " x  9 " 
C Wave 013 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 013
ink, acrylic on paper
2008
12" x  9" 
C Wave 016 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 016
Ink, acrylic, coffee on paper
2010
12" x  9" 
C Wave 009 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 009
ink, acrylic on paper
2007
20 " x  14 " 
C Wave 006 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 006
ink, acrylic on paper
2007
9 " x  6 " 
C Wave 007 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 007
ink, acrylic on paper
2007
9 " x  6 " 
C Wave 008 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 008
ink, acrylic on paper
2007
20 " x  14 " 
C Wave 005 by Christopher Spinelli
C Wave 005
ink, acrylic on paper
2007
9 " x  6 " 

Artist Statement

I don’t identify with a particular medium: drawing, painting, video, performance are all part of what I do. I mine sources, contemporary and historical, personal and public, searching for materials to repurpose and reconfigure. I mix and assemble, and make a new thing. Sometimes I take the new thing, mash it up and make it again. It’s the same old story: destruction as a form of creation, creation as a form of destruction.

The source material for the "Continuous Wave” series is personal. I take old love letters, long abandoned, and key blocks of their text into Morse code translators I find on the Web. I then carefully draw the dot dash sequences onto fresh sheets of paper, repeating the same letter multiple times and rewriting the language as abstract pattern. When the paper surface is nearly obliterated, I add paint and coffee to modify and seal sections of the drawing. By foregrounding repetition and patterning my process drains personal meaning from the original letters: the sentiment is buried in the ‘ground’ of the paper and the words become a series of barely legible marks.

Artist Bio / CV

Exhibitions

2010

Empire State of Mind, 25CPW, New York, NY

2009

The Space Between Us, 45 Projects

CoLAB Cooperative, chashama Window Space, New York, NY

2008

Eggcartonopolis, HQ, Brooklyn, NY

Spark Video International, Spark Contemporary Art Space, Syracuse, NY

The Way That We Rhyme: Women, Art & Politics, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA

2007

documenta 12 magazines; Kassel, Germany; "Performative practices"; screening of "The Dead, Absent, and Fictitious" Film and Video Program, organized by LTTR.

CONVERSATIONS AT THE EDGE, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL; "The Dead, Absent, and Fictitious" Film and Video Program, organized by LTTR.

Slide Slam Real ArtWays, Hartford, CT.

London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival, "Thief Videos: Stolen Documents and Underground Histories" Shorts Programme

2006

LTTR V/ ISSUE 5/ POSITIVELY NASTY, Release Party (12.18.2006), performance of “Master Race?”, Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

MIX NYC, New York, NY, "The Dead, Absent, and Fictitious" Film and Video Program

Indianapolis LGBT Film Festival, Indianapolis, IN

The Matthew Barney Show, Blasthaus Gallery, San Francisco, CA

Outfest 2006, Los Angeles, CA, “The Dead, Absent, and Fictitious” Film and Video Program, organized by LTTR

The Matthew Barney Show, Jack the Pelican Presents, Brooklyn, NY

2005

The Last Show, curated by Philip Grauer, Sarah Braman and Wallace Whitney of CANADA, Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

2004

Emerging NYC, Pool Art Center, Drury University, Springfield, MO

Summer Salon, Daniel Cooney Fine Arts, New York, NY

Bibliography

2006

Wang. Michael. "Cover Story." Artforum: Scene and Heard. 24 December 2006. Artforum. http://artforum.com/diary/id=12237

2004

Powell, Camille. “Drury Exhibit Stretches, Strains Viewers.” Springfield News-Leader [Springfield, MO] 17 Dec. 2004: 1C+.

Education

School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, MFA, Fine Arts. 2005.

Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, BA. 1991.