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Chris Norris
updated: 05/27/2014
website: chrisnorrisart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
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Ring Limb Blossoms
Going Home
Ring Limbs
Potato Lumps
The Green and Red
Reach
Monument to Godlessness
No More Dr. Pepper
Striped Branches
The Hamburger Head
Judgement of the Barn Swallow
The Brickworks
The Death of Joy
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  animals, cartoon, narrative, violence, psychological, gender/sexuality, identity, kitsch, nature, obsessive
 
 
Ring Limb Blossoms by Chris Norris
Ring Limb Blossoms
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Going Home by Chris Norris
Going Home
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2013
22" x  30" 
Ring Limbs by Chris Norris
Ring Limbs
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2012
22" x  30" 
Potato Lumps by Chris Norris
Potato Lumps
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2014
16" x  12" 
The Green and Red by Chris Norris
The Green and Red
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2014
16" x  12" 
Reach by Chris Norris
Reach
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2014
16" x  12" 
Monument to Godlessness by Chris Norris
Monument to Godlessness
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2014
16" x  12" 
No More Dr. Pepper by Chris Norris
No More Dr. Pepper
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2014
16" x  12" 
Striped Branches by Chris Norris
Striped Branches
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2013
16" x  12" 
The Hamburger Head by Chris Norris
The Hamburger Head
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
Judgement of the Barn Swallow by Chris Norris
Judgement of the Barn Swallow
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
The Brickworks by Chris Norris
The Brickworks
Ink and Watercolor on Paper
2010
22" x  30" 
The Death of Joy by Chris Norris
The Death of Joy
Ink
2010
22" x  30" 

Artist Statement

Hamburger Head was an obedient child. He knew he was a good boy but sometimes wanted to dress as a girl. Ever sensitive to his chubby breasts, he always wore his shirt while swimming. I
like to tell tales that have a point but no conclusion. I am not always the originator of these stories. Instead I may take, steal, and appropriate stories using associated imagery filtered through my own experiences.


One day Hamburger Head climbed onto a yellow bus. It was filled with older children; mean children. The mean children christened him Hamburger Head, The Sour King of the Lonely Fat. However, I attempt to leave plenty of room for the viewer to bring his or her history and culture into the mix. I want the viewer to complete the conversation. The meaning of each individual work should be fluid and open to constant reinterpretation.


As an obese southern gay man I will always be Hamburger Head. The content of my work blends identity, mythology, pop culture, and iconography with a touch of baroque sensationalism
to create an opaque narrative. I flirt with the viewer. I want them to be taken in by the razzledazzle, to be confronted with pathos and anxiety, and to contemplate our contemporary compulsions
to text, drink, eat, and smoke. The work is visually challenging; it incorporates pattern for the suggestion of authoritative order, yet I disrupt these systems with shocking and vibrant color discord.


Leda and the Swan is a story of deceit that has been depicted in painting and sculpture for centuries. In my work, an image of a swan talks about beauty and destruction while making reference
to the rape of Leda. I am interested in how a repeated story can be multiple narratives; the meaning of the story changes with context. I think of the layers of imagery as allegory and attempt
to talk about some small truths of human existence.

Artist Bio / CV

Curriculum Vitae
Born 1973, Fredericksburg, VA


Education

1999 MFA Sculpture, Tyler School of Art at Temple University, Philadelphia, PA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, ME
1997 BFA Sculpture, cum laude, Virginia Commonwealth University, Sculpture, Richmond, VA


Selected Exhibitions
2014 (SOLO) Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
2013 Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
2011 Mulherin and Pollard Projects, New         York, NY
2010 Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
2009 Ada Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Miami, FL
2008 Ada Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Basel, Switzerland
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
Piedmont Virginia Community College, Charlottesville, VA
Flippo Gallery, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
2007  Ada Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Hampton, NY
Ada Gallery, Scope Art Fair, New York, NY
2006 Ada Gallery, Scope Art Fair, Miami, FL
Plant Zero, Richmond, VA
Ada Gallery, Scope Art Fair, London, UK
(SOLO) Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
Hart Witzen Gallery, Charlotte, NC
Ada Gallery, Art(212) Art Fair, New York, NY
Tribes Gallery, New York, NY
2005 Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA (curated by Amy Hauft)(catalogue)
Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
2004 (SOLO) The Flippo Gallery, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA
Plant Zero, Richmond, VA
Ada Gallery, Richmond, VA
2002 Orange Door Gallery, Richmond, VA
2001 Flippo Gallery, Ashland, VA
Anderson Gallery, Richmond, VA
2000 Alexander and Bonin, New York, NY
1999 White Box Gallery, Curated by Richard Torchia, Philadelphia, PA(essay)
Temple Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

Publications

2012 Grace Jones v. Werewolf. 2012. Richmond, VA. The Electric Cruise. Ed. Meloro, Anthony. Richmond,
2012. Color: Cover, 1, Full Art: 5. Print.
She Was My Friend. 2012. Richmond, VA. chrisnorrisart. n.p. Aug 2012. Web.
Hercules. 2011. Richmond, VA. Fur: The Love of Hair. Eds. Shresha, Ron and Scott
McGillivray. Germany: Bruno Gmunder, 2012. 52. Print.