Ends: Monday, 9/8/2014
Vered Gallery is pleased to present Cosplay, an exhibition of new works by renown sculptor Colin Christian. This eagerly awaited exhibit will be the artist's first solo show in the US in three years. Cosplay, short for "costume play" is the inspiration for Christian's newest series of work. In Cosplay, Christian enthusiastically tackles the monumental task of reimagining some of the most iconic characters from film, literature and pop culture. While Christian is best known for his fantastical Pop Surrealist sculptures based upon his own original designs, his Cosplay series allows him to re-envision our most recognized heroes and villains for today, "as we see them now". Cosplay opens with a reception for the artist at Vered Gallery, Saturday, August 9th, 9-11pm.
The growing subculture of Cosplay is a type of performance art in which participants wear costumes and fashion accessories to represent a specific character or idea that is usually identified with a identifiable name. The truly unique approach to this series of new works has Christian playing dress up with friends, actresses and internet superstars, turning them into sexy and often outrageous multimedia sculptures. Lana Del Rey becomes Nabokov's Lolita, Calamity Amelie is Bat Girl and Natalie Portman portrays a vile "droog" from A Clockwork Orange, just to name a few.
Besides the obvious appeal of rediscovering his favorite iconic characters, Christian has quite an ambitious concept at play here. At a time when there is such uncertainty and distrust in everything from our government to our financial and religious institutions, Christian believes that people are looking for real heroes. "Right now, everyday people are choosing to become those heroes, if only in appearance." While it's not new for people to play dress up to emulate their favorite characters, the current Cosplay movement has taken this "hobby" to a new level. There is an international convention circuit, populated by tens of thousands of ordinary people, that dress up regularly as their most beloved fictional personas. Christian takes this fantasy role-playing craze and skews it through his artistic lens to quite literally turn real people into larger than life Icons, depicting our inner selves on an epic scale, both the good and the bad.
For Christian, each immaculately handcrafted sculpture requires weeks to months of labor intensive, messy and often noxious work. Though he primarily works in fiberglass and silicone, Christian is constantly expanding his mastery of media to solve particularly tricky aesthetic and engineering problems. Works in the Cosplay series incorporate motorized LEDs, automotive trim, chrome detailing and even hat felt imported from London. For over a decade, Christian's boundless imagination and eye for detail have made him one of the most sought after Pop Surrealist sculptors in the worlds of art and design.
Born in London, Colin Christian currently lives and works in Florida. His works are included in numerous corporate and private collections around the world. Christian's sculptures have also been featured in dozens of international art fairs and museums and are included in the permanent collections of the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery, The International Museum of Art & Science and The New York Museum of Sex.