Chris Horner is a British artist who lives and works in Hampshire. He received his BA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey, UK. He also completed his MA in Fine Art at the University for the Creative Arts in Surrey in 2018.
Horner's artwork explores the relationship between artist and material where he transforms pre used building objects into painted sculptural artworks. When he has free time away from his studio he finds himself supporting his farther in the building trade, so many of the materials he uses in his work comes from the building site. He creates experiments which originate from an invented movement known as an 'Unknown working process', this is when both building materials and art supplies are mixed together in order to find out how the materials and supplies function differently when put in an obscure process. He gets most excited when he starts to see something happening, shapes and forms morphing into one another as if the surface carries a sense of movement. Paint is then applied to the new reconstructed surface as he wants to acknowledge, describe and illustrate this state of transformation.
"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. 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 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
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