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Christopher X. Bost, Tuscadero (Bonsai Vignettes), acrylic on panel, 14"
BFA 1993 The Atlanta College of Art
A first introduction to art was through museum publications collected by my grandmother during her extensive world travels. The books she chose tended to be about Impressionist or Renaissance painters with a smattering of books on sculpture or art from the Southwest. During junior high school years these books became my companions. One notion emerged clearly, remaining to this day as a guiding principle for studio practice : the more time spent looking at art in an engaged manner, the more it reveals to us.
A lengthy developmental progression led my painting towards abstraction and a particular fascination with color, especially the cues our natural environment soothes and excites us with. Ten years as a rural resident of the Mojave has provided boundless soul medicine through the patterning and always surprising color events unfolding each day. The pace of the desert continually humbles our frenetic habits. This has galvanized my love of abstraction AND a belief that active perception is always amply rewarded in kind. When we choose to see, nature
unfolds myriad woven wonders.
A month-long sojourn to the coast provided new patterns and colors, based on lush tide pools and musky ancient rhythms of the Pacific. These new paintings have been constructed using techniques based on moire patterning. The colors are meticulously edited from the ocean palette, layered in such a way that surfaces which at first seem simple and decorative begin to undulate. A meditation on a starfish yields a painting that visually wriggles. Striped layers configured in carefully chosen fashion wave distinctly, in reference to sea tides and urchins.
It is a radical approach to painting, based on a conviction that HOW we see is a more interesting exploration than WHAT we see. Simple
patterns staged in ways that allow deeply complex narratives to emerge, having bubbled from beneath the surface as the viewer engages.
It is a form of art making chosen also as antidote to our visually over-stimulated digital culture.
Christopher X. Bost, Joshua Tree, CA