Chris Horner

"The excitement for me is within the material, converting and transforming the original quality of a surface is what shapes my practice. This emerges from a movement known as an (Unknown working process), which unravels new beginnings from what was seen previously and opens up many new inquiries."

Unbandaged Paulin, 2017 Paulin, dirt, plaster bandage, paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, glass wax, acrylic 51 x 93 cm

(b.1988) Chris Horner graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art from the University of Creative Arts, 2012 and is currently studying for his Masters in Fine Arts (Proposed Graduation 2018). During this time his work has been exhibited broadly around the UK, notably in May 2017 at the HLS Gallery in London and was recently chosen for feature in Venice, Italy. Chris’ practice explores a relationship between artist and surface which inherits themes such as converting, transforming and materializing. His obsession to capture and produce can be witnessed through his intensified forms, which include the subject matters of sculpture and painting. 

Undirtied Paulin, 2017 Paulin, dirt, sand, paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, gloss, acrylic 78 x 110 cm
Untrialed Paulin, 2017 Paulin, microcrystalline wax, varnish, gloss, pigment ink, India ink, acrylic
Undirtied Paulin, 2017 Paulin, dirt, sand, paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, gloss, acrylic 78 x 110 cm
Ungreened Paulin, 2017 Paulin, microcrystalline wax, varnish, gloss, acrylic 35 x 35 cm

"The excitement for me is within the material; converting and transforming the original quality of a surface is what shapes my practice. This unravels a new beginning from what was seen previously and opens up many inquiries into new ways of thinking and recording data. I like to refigure the original identity and characteristics of already used surfaces and objects. How the unseen aspect and nature of a surface or object is commonly hidden and not thought of, I like to impose a new condition which uncovers new openings, taking away the concealed or non-exposed trait.  An intense relationship with the particular surface I am working with becomes apparent, as an obsessive nature of mapping out starts to take shape. This form of mapping evolves from the original working process where shifts and changes are made to the surface leaving projected and textured marks. By highlighting this event it leads to new evolved avenues. Themes such as elements of chance, unknown processes, a skin like layering and topology, all enhance my work. What begins as a playful journey emerges into an excessive grueling mode of labor. There are three elements Building, Science and Art which hold structure around my work. Building aspects can be seen through the use of material and surfaces, and this endeavor to get the job done. Links to Science can be thought of through a use of combining elements in unknown processes and methods of sculpture and painting holds an art background which can contextualize the finished article."


This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


 

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