I have been using the form of islands to explore a fusion of figure and landscape. The island, as a seemingly isolated geological form, has figurative elements while allowing for a study of landscape. My exploration of this fused form has resulted in spaces of multiple horizon lines, tilted and curved horizon lines, abstract color and disjointed cast shadows. The manipulation of traditional pictorial and perceptual visual anchors opens up a space where I can find the unknown. Formally, destabilization also forces me to find new and unexpected ways of creating order. The subjects within the islands have multiplied into studies of rock, water, sky to suns, moons, stars, planets, stairs, arches, animal limbs, skulls, and heads. This fluid fusing of many forms also resonantes personally as I grew up in a bi-cultural household where language, customs and even the landscape from Texas to Chile felt hybridized.
EDUCATION1997 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, MA 1997 MFA in Painting, Yale University, New Haven, CT 1995 BAA, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX GRANTS AND AWARDS2007 New American Painting Issue 68 2001 The Arch and Anne Giles Kimbrough Grant, Dallas Museum of Art SOLO AND TWO PERSON EXHIBITIONS2006 Island Painting, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX 2003 Figurative Forms, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX 2001 Christopher Schade, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX Christopher Schade, d berman gallery, Austin, TX 1998 Recent Work, Butcher Shop Gallery, Chicago, IL GROUP EXHIBITIONS2009 The Air Is Thick, Cerulean Arts, Philadelphia, PA 2008 Precurse, Nationalmuseum, Berlin, Germany 2005 Boys Meet Girls, Nina Menocal Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico 2004 Private, CRG Gallery, New York, NY New American Talent, ArtHouse the Jones Center for Contemporary Art, Austin, TX