• Chris Horner

  • Biography

    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

    www.clairemead.wordpress.com

        

  • Artist Statement

    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)

     

  • Artist CV

    Education

     

    • 2016 - 2018 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Masters in Fine Art 
    • 2009 - 2012 University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, BA Honours Degree in Fine Art
    • 2007 - 2009   Alton College, BTEC National Diploma in Art and Design
    • 2006 - 2007   Basingstoke College of Technology, BTEC First Diploma in Art and Design
    • 2005 - 2006    Basingstoke College of Technology, BTEC Introductory in Art and Design
     

    Selected Group Exhibitions

    • 2018
    • MA Degree Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey
    • Affiliate , Safehouse 2, 139 Copeland Road, London
    • Open Art Exhibition, (The Local Artists Wall) , The George, Alton, Hampshire
    • MA Group Show, (Recent Works), The Linear gallery, Farnham, Surrey
    • Artrooms 18, International Contemporary Art Fair, Melia White House, Regents Park, London
    • "In bed with the Artists", Artrooms 18Melia White House, Regents Park, London
    • Conversation on Card, Artrooms 18, (Arttrois Group), Melia White House, Regents Park, London
    • Building Bridges, Artrooms 18, (Arttrois Group) Melia White House, Regents Park, London
    • Granular, Lewisham Arthouse, 140 Lewisham Way, London
    • 2017
    • Open Art ExhibitionAllen Gallery, Alton, Hampshire
    • Anima Mundi  (Visions) - It's Liquid International Art Festival, Palazzo Ca' Zanardi, Venice, Italy 
    •  London International Art Competition HLS Gallery, Stoke Newington High Street, London
    • Iris Turns,  Bargehouse - Oxo Tower, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London
    • MA YR1 Group Show, The Linear gallery, Farnham, Surrey
    • 2016
    • Abstract Art Show, The Brick Lane gallery - The Annexe, Brick Lane, London
    •  2012 
    • Milk Money, The Redchurch St Gallery, Redchurch St, London
    • BA Degree Show, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey
    • 2011 
    • Eat my Hat, 10 Gales Gallery, Bethnal Green, London
    • Inhabitant, Farnham Library gardens, Farnham, Surrey
    • Limn, The Spring, Vauxhall, London  
    • 2010
    • Future Home, Future Homes, Wokingham, Berkshire

     

     

     

    Solo Exhibitions

    • 2018
    • Sculptural Painting Configurations, The Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, Surrey 
    • 2016
    • Open Studio Exhibition, University for the Creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey
     
    Achievements and Prizes
    • 2018
    • Shortlisted for It's Art Call 2018The Cult House, After Nyne Gallery, 10 Portland Road, Holland Park, London 
    • Featured in the July Edition of  Artness Contemporary Magazine, Artness Contemporary
    •  Supported Artist Jonathan Parsons install his work Fossil Ocean Floor - in connection with Surrey Unearthed, Milton Court Farm, Dorking, Surrey
    •  Selected to work with Artness System
    •  Selected to work with Eezy Sleez Art
    •  Selected to work in association with Rossi Asiaghi 
    • Symposium research talk on Systematic Instructions formulated from elements of chance, University for the creative Arts, Farnham, Surrey
    • Selected for Artrooms 18, International Contemporary Art Fair, Melia White House, Regents Park, London
    • Selected for "In bed with the Artists" (Interview / Talk), Melia White House, Regents Park, London
    • 2017
    • Featured in the October Edition of Spotlight Magazine, Circle Foundation Arts
    • Shortlisted for The London International Art Competition,  HLS Gallery, Stoke Newington High Street, London 
    •  Selected to work with Siott Gallery

     

    Articles and Press

     

    Interview with Luca Curci during VISIONS of ANIMA MUNDI FESTIVAL in Venice

    http://www.itsliquid.com/interview-chris-horner.html

     

    Review of The Abstract Art show at The Brick Lane Gallery.

    https://www.list.co.uk/event/682126-abstract-art/

     

    Preview / Review of The London International Art Competition at HLS Gallery

    http://www.hlsgallery.com/

     

    Interview with UCA Farnham - On art practice & preview of It's Liquid International Arts Festival Venice

    http://www.uca.ac.uk/news/chris-horner/

     

    Preview of the It's Liquid Anima Mundi International Arts Festival Venice, Italy

    https://ucafarnhamarts.wordpress.com/2017/05/23/ma-student-chris-horner-in-anima-mundi-exhibition-venice/

     

    Interview with Siott Gallery - Exploring Avenues Of Objects - An interview with Chris Horner

    https://www.siottgallery.com/blog/2017/7/25/an-interview-with-chris-horner

     
    A video featuring the Circle Foundation Arts Members
     
    Featured in the Circle Spotlight magazine October 2017
     
    Interview with Palette Pages - Artrooms Artist Interview with Chris Horner
     
    Interview with Diana Fernandez - A Pioneer With Authentic Style An Interview with Chris Horner