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Christopher Kienke
Urbana, Illinois

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Assistant Professor

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In Exit Six I am visually exploring the digital "glitch" through a hybrid practice of painting and digital imagery. This blurring of boundaries and layering of materials allows me to draw formal parallels between the digital and the traditional, the "filmed" and the "real." Using tele-visual images from popular media allows me to comment on a wide range of topics; and as a visual metaphor for today's digitally informed and media saturated society, the "glitch" allows me the freedom to make visual statements about the alienating effects of modernism and contemporary life. This "glitch" aesthetic has opened the door to a post- modern abstraction for me. For my work, I define post-modern abstraction as the mixing of electronic signals and digital abstraction with representational images borrowed from popular culture.

In the development of each body of work it is essential for me to continue exploring new concepts, forms and methodologies. As new ideas enter into the process they are developed through the acts of material exploration, application, reflection and gestation. The content of each piece is linked to the medium it is completed in and each medium is selected to suit the particular ideas of each project. Choices about media and material matter not solely because a particular medium may be best suited for communicating an idea or presenting a point of view but because media and material are bound together with language and meaning.





born: 1972, Rochester



Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, MFA, 2000
Kansas City Art Institute, BFA, 1994


selected awards/honors

FATE Emerging Educator Award, Foundations in Art: Theory and Education, 2015
Vermont Studio Center, One-month residential fellowship, 2007
NYSCA/NYFA Materials Grant, 1997


selected publications

Oil Paintings in Public Ownership, Public Catalogue Foundation, United Kingdom, 2012
Sharjah Biennial 7, Catalog Essay by Jack Persekian, Curator, 2005
Studio Visit Magazine, Volume 19, juror Jonathan Greene, 2013
New American Paintings issue # 82, Southern Edition, juror Ron Platt, 2009


selected solo or two-person exhibits

Amos Eno Gallery, Bushwick, New York City, New York, 2014
University of Wisconsin, Gail Floether Steinhilber Art Gallery, Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, 2014
Bowery Gallery, New York City, New York, 2011


selected group shows

Rockford Midwestern Biennial, Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, Illinois, 2014
Florence Biennale 8, Florence, Italy, 2011
Brussels Biennial 1, Brussels, Belgium, 2009
Sharjah Biennial 5, Sharjah Art Museum, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, 2005



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