Chris Horner graduated with a BA Honours in Fine Art in 2012, and a Masters in Fine Arts in 2018 both at the University of Creative Arts. During this time his work has been exhibited broadly around the UK, most notably in May 2017 where his work was selected for the London International arts competition at the HLS Gallery in London, and an international arts festival in Venice, Italy, and an International Contemporary Art Fair in London.
"Chris’ practice explores a relationship between artist and surface which inherits themes such as converting, transforming and materializing. This experimentation with medium and surface conveys an organic and almost tactile notion of transforming bodies. Working hand in hand with the notion of chance and error, his work revolves around the creation of elements which read as physical imprints of the body in all its vulnerability and intimacy. His Paulin series toys with the boundaries between textile, sculpture and image, creating playful and experimental topologies with a skin like textural quality. The body need not appear directly in order to become a constant, pervasive presence. Through these objects , Chris maps our relationship to our bodies and surroundings, the physical and mental imprints we leave behind as time edges on, materializing new forms and possibilities, new rituals for existing, changing and evolving. This obsessive means takes the form of a particular ritualistic approach to handling and deconstructing these textile forms, in a routine - like process which allows for an ever - changing long - term relationship with the material."
Extract taken from the essay Intimate Displacements
by Claire Mead, Art Historian and Independent Curator
The excitement for me is within the material, converting and transforming the original quality of a surface is what shapes my practice. This emerges from a movement known as an (Unknown working process), which unravels new beginnings from what was seen previously and opens up many inquiries into new ways of thinking and recording data. This information found is split into sections, (Raw Data) is data which is not fully processed, where it is likely to be deleted or overridden. (Stored Data) is used to represent the notion of found data, where action is taken in order to bring an understanding to the format, leading to future progressions in a particular, cycle, system or operation. (Historical Data) is expressed through a broad set of data findings which illustrate a collection of past events, which is linked to the subject in question. This mode of working re-figures the original identity and characteristics of already used surfaces and objects. How the unseen aspect and nature of a surface or object is commonly hidden and not thought of, I like to impose this new condition which uncovers openings, taking away the concealed or non-exposed trait.
I like to install a gap into my working process, as I find the outcome becomes more interesting. This gap creates a constant break up between intention and process, which enables the overall form an essence of magic. I believe that functioning in this format creates moments of unpredictability, where one’s mind cannot comprehend what has occurred. Questions start to materialise such as how has this form originated, and what procedures have gone into the creative and theoretical understandings of the artist? Other connections could be
This immediate presence
Visibility of work and space – environment
To endure the viewer’s body into a performance of strange rituals – Maybe a similar physical gesture to which has been applied by the artist
How the working process captures time in its 3 forms (The Past) – (The Present) and (The Future)
Selected Group Exhibitions
Articles and Press
Interview with Luca Curci during VISIONS of ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL in Venice
Review of The Abstract Art show at The Brick Lane Gallery.
Preview / Review of The London International Art Competition at HLS Gallery
Interview with UCA Farnham - On art practice & preview of It's Liquid International Arts Festival Venice
Preview of the It's Liquid Anima Mundi International Arts Festival Venice, Italy
Interview with Siott Gallery - Exploring Avenues Of Objects - An interview with Chris Horner