I’m in a cool group show tonight at the David Bradley Warehouse, which happens in conjunction with a beer and wine tasting event. For this show I finished a 6 pack of beer labels and an Argonaut octopus – all on repurposed cardboard. I’m also showing Robert Peary’s toes and a triptych of 35mm tessellations – “Ode to 08,” which documents America’s housing collapse.
Shots into the setting sun at a local prairie preserve in Bradley, Illinois. With a Canon AE1 35 mm. Exceptional prints of this work available at: www.christophershoup.zenfolio.com.
Amanda transferred jobs and became her high school’s art teacher. Around our house this past summer were art books, how-to-art books, art primers and other new art materials. I started to pick up the books, and then in my journal started to draw (again), and finally this past December I bought a nice set of graphite pencils. I’m inspired to work out many new ideas through drawing. 9 skulls and 9 ebony bars will be shown in a pop-up art gallery hosted by Paper Street Gallery in the city of Kankakee, Illinois on January 18.
This is essentially an action painting – I drafted directly onto the board from November, 2013 through January, 2014. It’s graphite pencil with a background of blended color pencils and the first work in the series ‘Animals Contemplate Climate Change.’ Upon close inspection, one sees the artist at work. Mounted on Masonite. Hand-framed in walnut. I’m showing it during a pop-up art show sponsored by Paper Street Gallery on Saturday, January 18, in the city of Kankakee, Illinois.
I’m working with pencils; I’m at the foothills of the mountains I’m eventually going to climb; my ultimate goal is to draw with pencils as good as the ‘old world masters.’ I anticipate reaching that place in 2014.
A Chicago Reader article that talks about a performance piece I completed a year ago. Being interviewed by a real reporter was an excellent experience. Having a chance to think aloud and ‘on the record’ about my intentions was beneficial. The article is also well-written. http://www.chicagoreader.com/Bleader/archives/2013/11/20/sort-of-almost-famous-how-chris-shoup-got-his-art-into-a-museum