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Chris Engman – working for a living

In Equivalence, a grid of empty frames becomes a rickety kind of Coptic cross. The top beam and arms are filled with photos of the sky, rephotographed. In the final print the sky is clear except for clouds in the cross. It’s a trick, but I like that it’s not a good trick. The structure is already falling apart, and the paper on which the clouds appear is visible on the left. His title is a nod to Alfred Stieglitz, whose series of the same name attempted to find in ordinary skies an alienating  distance verging on abstraction. #


  1. “Overhung”-
    what a concept, one that illustrates the unbridgeable divide between critic and artist oh so well.
    Me, I strive for overhung, in a completely non-double-entendre way, every day of my life.
    All of my favorite artists made overhung a divine goal to aim for- Dali, in his museum in Figueras, James Hampton and his Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations, Lucas Samaras, Jean Tinguely, Mario Merz, Barry McGee, Kenny Scharf, and many more adherents of the philosopy best expressed by Miami Hotel Designer Morris Lapidus-
    “Too Much is Never Enough”…

  2. This show is simply stunning, smart and well crafted, a knockout in these cold dark winter times! Well done Chris!

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