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Position Set in Motion (2011)

mixed media artwork by Chris Lockhart

One of my first uses of an acrylic gel transfer, Position Set in Motion was created during the Mixed Media course at Brevard College. Two benefits of gel transfer over direct collage are that it is transparent and that it allows the imagery to be warped. In this piece, phrases have been separated from each other by the distortion, like snippets of memory: “books of poetry”, “for us to feel”, and “doing more than brushing the surface.” A 1970s photograph of a mother speaking to her daughter in a kitchen is the clearest image, which has been transferred on top of brush marks and then itself further painted over. Empty lines, like ruled notebook paper, fill the area were text is notably absent.

12 in by 9 in, acrylic, paint, and gel transfer on canvas board, 2011.

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Carving Negative Space (2011)

mixed media art piece in medicine cabinet

Carving Negative Space was created for Painting II, for a Joseph Cornell box assignment. I went to area thrift shops and found initial inspiration in the electric knife sharpener. A variety of feelings and thoughts were stirred by the appliance, which I saw as having a past life in the kitchen of somebody’s parents. I then worked with the arrangement of objects and expressive marks around these ideas of childhood, the lost past, and absence of the present.

25½ in by 29 in by 5 in, acrylic paint, oil paint, gouache, acrylic polymer gel, wax crayon, oil pastel, mirror, chip brush, garden hose valve, kitchen towel, upholstery fabric, drawer knob, latex balloon, electric knife sharpener, electric wire, plastic book spiral, plastic medicine bottle, nail, paper, in wooden medicine cabinet, 2011.

For Sale: $550 USD

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Open Window: Baha’is in Iran (2011)

mixed media art piece on layers of plexiglass in wooden box

The Baha’i Faith became of interest to me several years ago. I also learned about the unfortunate difficulties Baha’is face in Islamic countries, especially Iran. This piece was created to draw attention to the ongoing persecution of members of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. In early 2011, I had read about arson on Baha’i-owned businesses and letters received by the community threatening destruction of property belong to Baha’is or Muslims known to befriend Baha’is. As recently stated by Siovash Khanjani, “The intention is to totally destroy the Baha’i community, both economically and culturally.”

While conducting research and sketching out various ideas, I kept coming back to how it must feel to walk up to your business and see that it had been attacked. From there, I developed the idea of building up layers with plexiglass inside a box. I also spoke with the public relations department of Baha’i Faith in the United States, because I didn’t want to accidentally offend those I intended to help. Since I was working abstractly, their main concern was not being portrayed as victims, because it was important to the community to maintain their dignity.

I hope that I have created a piece that is interesting enough that it will invite the viewer to look into the story behind it.

25 in by 35 in by 3½, solvent transfer, polymer gel transfer, wood glue, oil paint, spray paint, acrylic paint on plexiglass with burnt wood and ashes in wooden box, 2011.

For Sale: $500 USD

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Strawberry Extraction (2011)

painting by Chris Lockhart on stained canvas.

During mixed media class, I made a series of 3 paintings inspired by the Billy Collins poem “Introduction to Poetry.” I was inspired by a series of monoprints made with rotting bananas by the artist Dieter Roth. I wrapped up two pounds of strawberries in canvas tied up tight with twine. The bundle was then placed in Kings Creek for ten days under a bridge weighed down by a piece of broken concrete. After the canvas was dry, I selected an area for the character and composition of the stains, cropped it, stretched it, and coated it with polymer gel to protect the stains and surface.

18 in by 15 in, acrylic, library card on stained canvas, 2011.

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Resistance Welding (2011)

painting by Chris Lockhart or a donkey visiting W.C. Fields oracle in the desert under a pickle sun.

I had this idea about the becoming an artist, the old ideas of Paris and the French Academy, Hans Hoffman, the influence of James Joyce, Anthony Burgess and William S. Burroughs. And a ridiculous pineapple.

12 in by 9 in, acrylic, gouache, ink and paper collage on canvas board, 2011.

For Sale: $35 USD

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Flat Ladder (2010)

acrylic painting on canvas by Chris Lockhart

In Painting I, we had a project inspired by analytic cubism. While we did research on Picasso, Braque, and Léger. In addition to those, I took a particular look at Juan Gris and his color palette. With the mixes of paint, I also threw in handfuls of mulch and sand to create texture. The texture created by the mulch is nice and I would like to work with these sorts of additives again.

24 in by 36 in acrylic, mulch and sand on canvas, 2010.