Now Be Here: Christina Shurts #304
Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!
Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Christina Shurts
Painting allows me a visual exploration of the human condition. Nostalgia and its yearnings play against the senses in the present. Appropriated primarily from family vacation photos, magazines, and sketchbook drawings, source materials fuse with memory and are transformed into fiction. Images of peculiar spaces recur and mingle to renovate reflected memories, longings, and yearnings for getaways.
Cabana stripes, hammocks, circus tents, tree houses, waterfront shacks, umbrellas, and chandeliers create shadows within vast forgotten spaces. The process begins with a mix of vintage and family photographs, magazines, and drawings. I draw, paste, and destroy parts of an image to allow its transformation by the imagination. While reworking the structures’ form, I tend to give them a particular posture or characterization. The humanization of these forms recalls the relationship to a long-lost teddy bear from childhood: the decay only reinforces the sentimental attachment. A strange humor pervades this imaginary world through the awkward forms and “off” palette, offering the viewer a reprieve from the seriousness of the subject matter. ~Christina Shurts
Galleri Oxholm– Glyph Shift Exhibition
Lulu– Pocket Change Exhibition Catalogue by Christina Shurts
Now Be Here NY Times
Now Be Here LA Times
Now Be Here Huffington Post
Now Be Here KCET
Now Be Here Art and Cake
Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point
Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson
*Christina Shurts- Now Be Here LA artist #304