Appropriation, autobiographical references and obsessive personality traits are the basis for my art practice. The source material for my work varies from pop, trash and underground culture, to video and imagery found on the web, as well as hardcore punk and metal music.
My paintings, whose titles are named after hardcore punk bands, combine the look of meticulously painted pop art that resemble silkscreen prints with a personalized underground aesthetic. I mix found and original images from various sources, including children’s activity and coloring books, my own drawings, websites, vintage magazines, and other ephemera, while often incorporating splashes of color that activate the surface, creating a jarring juxtaposition. The work plays on the confrontation of violence and naivety as expressed in a music genre whose accomplishments and authenticity have been mostly ignored by the mainstream music industry.
Chris Bors was born in Ithaca, New York and lives and works in Harlem in New York City. He received his MFA from School of Visual Arts and studied at Rhode Island School of Design. His art has been exhibited at PS1 MoMA, White Columns, Envoy Enterprises, Heist Gallery, Sixtyseven, and Ten in One Gallery in New York, Casino Luxembourg in Luxembourg, Bahnwärterhaus in Esslingen, Germany, Bongout in Berlin, and the Videoex Festival in Zurich.
His work has been reviewed and featured in The New York Times, Vogue Italia, Time Out New York, Artnet.com, The Brooklyn Rail, K48, zingmagazine, PAJ, Old News, and Razor. He received two Swing Space residencies from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and has curated exhibitions at Envoy in New York, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and Arcade / Stoa Aeschylou in Nicosia, Cyprus. Bors has written on art for ArtReview, Artnet.com, Modern Painters, Artinfo.com, and Artillery.