Reliquaries

A new series of photogravures.

 

In the cobbled streets, colonial plazas, and alleyways of Guanajuato, Mexico, I feel the presence of those who have walked before me. If I am quiet, my heartbeat is echoed back to me by the textured passageways, ones created by centuries of craftsmen and artisans. In this place, each moment is both magnified and diminished by the history and memories held in the walls around me; the mundane can feel momentous and sacred when encased in the grandeur of the past. Guanajuato has become my winter home and the inspiration for my new photographic series, Reliquaries.

 

Antik - Ciudad Guanajuato

Just as Guanajuato’s sedimentary layers of history coexist with the present, my artwork is simultaneously historic and modern, as I approach contemporary photographic technologies with the sensibilities and aesthetic of the 19th century. By combining the best characteristics of both eras, using modern methods to create my printing plates and ancient methods of hand-inking and printing the images through a press, I create anachronistic images of personal spaces that highlight the texture of their history. Ultimately, my process mimics the dualities found in Guanajuato, a place where the ordinary can feel sacred and we can hear the echoes of our own heart.

 

If you are interested in adding a piece from this series to your collection please contact me to see more of it.

 

 

 

I am also looking for more opportunities to show this work both in the US and in Mexico. If you know a great gallery or opportunity in your area that I should investigate please let me know.

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. erin mcgrane July 18, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    Wonderful, evocative images, Chris. Congrats on the new work!

  2. blj January 24, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    I love these pieces! Will you be showing any of them at the Bayou City Art Festival?

    • Chris January 24, 2014 at 10:54 pm #

      Thank you! But no, these pieces will be in a solo gallery exhibition this summer.

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