ArtWorld Studio Gallery presents the following solo exhibition:
ABOUT CHRIS HAGEN
Raised by a biologist and a journalist in the forested stretch of Northern Wisconsin, Chris Hagen received a BFA in Digital Art & Photography from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Becoming deeply involved in printmaking during that time, he took a journeyman’s path through Minneapolis with a year of co-op practice and a session of professional internship at the Highpoint Center for Printmaking.
Entering graduate study in printmaking at Illinois State University in 2012, he has attended the Tamarind Institute summer plate lithography workshop and served as an assistant and printer for Normal Editions Workshop.
Chris Hagen will be delivering a workshop here - 'Altered Books' on Sunday 19 February.
Read the details and secure your place.
Photography on textile
6 February - 3 March 2017
Saturday, 11 February 2017, 6-8pm
Opening night event on Facebook.
Suite: Marked Resemblances
“I’m whole only in that I’ve built my person on every thought I’ve ever loved.” - Hannah Gamble (Excerpt from “Leisure, Hannah, Does Not Agree with You (2)”)
This series of “self portraits” is primarily centered in experiential intimacy, depicting books from my own collection of literature. The reading of each had been a formative experience, and I left my waypoints for return journeys through each text. The work is not explicitly about what I have personally marked, but rather the human compulsion to mark, measure, or denote what is important, shaped by and reflecting one’s own values and agenda — until the marks themselves begin to alter the very nature of the book, bending spines or littering the edges with staccato-patterned colour akin to DNA maps.
Suite: But Within An Open Book
The open book is often used to denote a straightforward and sometimes naively candid personality. To me, this misses the true nature of the metaphor: one may “be an open book” yet you cannot see or understand all the pages at once. The most forthright person still takes sustained engagement to see all their sides, just as we take in spread after spread of text.