That I finished this series June through August during my “summer residency” and it’s now December and I’m just posting is a testament to my involvement in all things Internet and social media. I’m living off line anymore. Anyhow, I teach middle school students the science of climate change. I teach kids how our wholesale burning of previously stored ancient carbon throughout the Industrial Revolution and today creates conditions for climate instability (I stress that earth’s climate is never “stable” but explain that a heat-reflecting, carbon-polluted atmosphere exasperates climate change). These three paintings are the result of what rattles around in my head. Someday this series will be exhibited in the Smithsonian galleries as means to show what the hell was on the mind of a contemporary artist in 2014.
THE STORY OF THIS SERIES:
1. My uncle’s print shop was being knocked down to make way for a parking lot.
2. I went to photograph it prior to destruction. The excavating company had spray painted “OK” on the sidewalk out front, I guess to mean my uncle was not passed out in the shop prior to it being demolished.
3. I took a photo of him watching his shop’s end from across the street; it was a painful experience for him, as the apartment above was the place where he grew up.
4. The foundation tessellations for the series “it’s going to be ok” is the roofline from another nearby building that was also demolished; it was my father’s building, where he had an office once.
5. It’s going to be ok.
My 8 year old daughter, Alice, loves gymnastics and all things about moving and stretching her body. I brought her to our local prairie preserve and captured her at sunset practicing her youthful and inspired yoga movements. What I like most is the calm, spiritual nature of the work. “Alice, Yoga” prints of 3 sizes can be viewed and purchased at http://christophershoup.zenfolio.com/p138339725.
This series of 6 constitutes my first serious work with the setting sun. Each tessellation begins from photographs shot through my Canon AE1 35 mm at a prairie preserve in Bradley, Illinois. Exceptional prints of this work available at: www.christophershoup.zenfolio.com.