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Christopher Woodcock
Sonoma, California

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In my ongoing series "Hollow City," I explore spaces that have been created by the frenzied development of the contemporary city. This architectural environment that is within and between hi-rise buildings has become a frontier, a boundless space of geometric forms, mirrored surfaces and transparent windows that are distant from the pedestrian perspective. Photographed at night, the city is revealed gradually with exposures that last several minutes. Light, radiating from within and below, is essential to my images. The city is given a sense of transparency and ambiguity, a place where presence is created through absence.

Using a view camera to construct and organize images allows me to see how the successive layers of architecture accumulate like distinct geologic features and how the traces of people add an overlay of complexity to the stratified architectural elements captured on film. Making distance and proximity seem indistinguishable, this space exists as a series of multiple planes that are constantly shifting, intersecting, and folding in on one another. Hollow City is a continuing exploration of how social and cultural meanings are inscribed into architectural space and the role this plays in forming our knowledge of the world and picturing ourselves within it.



born: 1975, San Francisco


University of California Davis, MFA, 2010
San Francisco Art Institute, BFA, 2002

selected awards/honors

Mathias Grant, University of California Office of the President  
International Photography Awards 1st Place Cityscapes
Travel Grant, University of California Davis Humanities Institute
Valentine Eastern Sierra Research Grant

selected publications

Greater than the Sum; The Environmental Legacy of the UC Natural Reserve System: University of California Press, 2012
Bedroom Rockers, Where DJ‚s Call Home: Adidas/XLR8R Publishing, 2006

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Gallery 888: Nightscapes, San Francisco, CA, 2011
A Verb for Keeping Warm: Great Western Divide, Oakland, CA, 2011
Adidas Original Stores: Bedroom Rockers, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Portland,  Washington D.C., 2006
Caterina Pazzi Arte Moderna e Contemporanea: Christopher Woodcock,  Rome, Italy 2005

selected group shows

Recyclart: Summer of Photography, Brussels, Belgium, 2012
Nelson Gallery: Selections from the Fine Arts Collection, Davis, CA, 2012
Performance Art Institute: Cream from the Top, San Francisco, CA, 2011
Sweeney Art Gallery, Mapping the Desert, Deserting the Map, Riverside, CA, 2010


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