Art at the Loft – October

Show title: Natural Deconstruction
Description: In this most recent work, Christian Ives has  been focusing on  creating an image and then allowing it to be deconstructed in a way that keeps both the original idea as well as the new.   Influenced by the fires fought in Montana and Idaho, there has always been a fascination in the balance between preserving something that already exists with something it will transform into.

Born in Montana, Christian Ives is a contemporary oil painter and live performer. He achieved his two BFA’s in Art Education and Studio Art from the Montana State University in 2007. During that time, he studied painting and drawing in Italy and Wales, where his style of art became more expressionistic and slightly more abstract. He continued studying and working on paintings with artists while living in Portland, Oregon for several years, and continued traveling around Europe and the US to study art. Currently Christian lives in Montana.

A new place is usually very unfamiliar and stimulating. At a point, concrete ideas start to form based on time and experience. The emphasis of Christian’s paintings and sketches are to capture that transition from being abstract to being identifiable. This diversity in his work is a reflection on seeing something comfortable and familiar, and how it relates to the unrecognizable and unfamiliar.

At first glance, Christian’s paintings are very abstract and unrecognizable. Yet, in each one is a figure or landscape inner merged within the composition. The emphasis is to create a transitional feeling of viewing something unfamiliar to recognizing what is being seen. Ambiguous at first, but more familiarities emerge with each search.

Christian use gesture sketches to capture just enough information to recognize the subject. His paintings focus on capturing the same amount of information as one would see in a glimpse of an unfamiliar setting.

Christian invites the viewer to search for the hidden images within each painting. Sometimes additional images are found, allowing the painting to become a different composition each time it is viewed. Whether or not everyone sees the intended object is irrelevant. Each person views something different than the next, as does everyone with the unrecognizable aspects of life.