CV, Articles, and Exhibition Reviews

 

Christopher Hall is an artist and writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. He received his BFA from the University of Georgia in Athens, earned his MFA from the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and is currently a part-time assistant professor of art at Kennesaw State University. Christopher is a deep generalist in the liberal arts, and is a life-long student of history, religion, philosophy, literature, and music, all of which informs his art practice. Christopher has written a book on art theory entitled Last Beast in the Sky, regularly posts in his blog on subjects ranging from art history to contemporary art problems, and is a contributor to Burnaway.org.  The following is a summary of his copyrighted work, links to articles authored by him, and a CV with selections from exhibition reviews.


Articles for Burnaway.org

October 29, 2017:  On the Meaning of Carnival and Our Festivals of Debauchery

April 6, 2017:  The Humiliation of the Sabine Woman

January 18, 2017:  The Color Pharmacy

August 8, 2016:  Panorama Ray Remembered at Eyedrum

June 24, 2016:  Adolph Gottlieb's "Duet" at the High Museum

May 5, 2016:  Moving Toward Metamodernism

December 12, 2015:  A History of Paint (Part Two)

September 10, 2015:  A History of Paint (Part One)

August 10, 2015:  Permanent Residents:  Anselm Kiefer's "Draco" at the High Museum.

June 16, 2015:  What's Your Day Job?  -  How Artists Make Ends Meet.

 

Education

MFA in Painting, Temple University – Tyler School of Art (2008)

BFA in Painting, Minor in English Lit, University of Georgia (1998)

Teaching Experience

Kennesaw State University - Part-time Assistant Professor - (2015 - Present)

Callanwolde Fine Arts Center - Instructor - (2015 - Present)

Abington Adult School - Instructor - (2009 - 2011)

Tyler School of Art - Teaching Assistant - (2007)

 

Awards and Recognition

Wonder-Rot Walthall Fellowship (2016 - 2017)

CETL Travel Grant for 8th International Painting Symposium, Torun, Poland (2016)

U.S. Representative, 8th International Painting Symposium, Torun, Poland (2016)

Graduate Review Panel Member, University of the Arts (2008)

Guest Critic, Advanced Drawing, Tyler School of Art (2008)

Tyler Nomination, Joan Mitchell Grant (2008)

Teaching Assistantship Award Tyler School of Art (2007)

Scenic Artist, Town and Gown Theater, Athens, GA (2001)

Lecture on William Blake’s Merger of Art and Text, University of Georgia (2000)

UGA Nomination, Sigma Tau Delta writing award (1998)

STAR student award (Student Teacher Achievement Recognition) (1997)

Ty Cobb Scholarship (1995)

HOPE Scholarship (1994-1998)

 

Bibliography

 

2008 – Roberta Fallon and Libby Rosof’s Artblog, for “Semi.”

“Semi” essay, by Elizabeth Grady

“Two-Fold” essay for the catalogue.

2007 – “Swap-Meet” essay for the catalogue.

2004 – November, “All Magazine” article “Alexander the Great”

2002 – March, “Flagpole Magazine” review of “Raw Womyn”

            March, “It’s Not My Fault” self published magazine

2001 – September, “Flagpole Magazine” review of “Ir/rational”

            July, “Athens Banner Herald” interview and review of “Redemption”

            June, “Flagpole Magazine” review of “Discount Artwork . . . Always”

2000 – January, CBS affiliate WNNG Toccoa, interview for

“Male Fire Paintings” and “Ahab at Starbucks” for their “Georgia Journeys” program

1999 – June, “Flagpole Magazine” review of “Dead Sleep Dreaming”

1997 - July, “Red and Black” interview for “Half Birth Performance”

 

Exhibit History

2017 - Gallery 874, Atlanta, GA - "Art Crush" Burnaway Auction

           Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA - "Love and Death" 

            J-Gallery, Atlanta, GA - "Untitled Group Show"

            MOCA, Atlanta, GA - Pin-Up Show

            Colony Square, Atlanta, GA - Hambidge Auction

            Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA - "Feel Good Now!" (two person show)

            Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA - "South Show"

            Art-Haus, Atlanta, GA - "Medicine" (solo show)

            IDEA Gallery, Atlanta, GA

            Georgia Lawyers for the Arts, Atlanta, GA, Georgia Lawyers for the Arts Auction

            EBD4, Atlanta, GA, "40 Over 40"

            Swan Coach House, Atlanta, GA, "Little Things"

            The Gallery at Irwin, Atlanta, GA, "Debut Show"

            Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA, "Nick O'Time"

            AmericasMart, Atlanta, GA, 2017 Toy Party

2016 - Mason Fine Art, Atlanta, GA - Burnaway Auction

           Lionheart, Atlanta, GA - One Year Anniversary Show

           Goat Farm Fine arts Center - Hambidge Auction

           District Museum Torun, Torun, Poland - 8th International Painting Symposium

           Barbarka Foresty School, Barbarka, Poland - 8th International Painting Symposium

           Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA - "The South Show"

           Kibbee Gallery, Atlanta, GA - "Nick of Time"

2015 - X - Change Gallery, Atlanta Georgia - "Untitled Art Show."

2011 - Mattress Factory, Philadelphia, PA - "Halloween Show"

2009 – Look at This Gallery, Chang Mai, Thailand – “Superheroes/Supervillains”

2008 – The Ice Box, Philadelphia, PA – “Semi”

            Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA – “Two Fold”

            Tyler School of Art Penrose Gallery - MFA Thesis Show “King of Painting”

2007 – Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI – “Swap Meet”

            University of Lincoln, Lincoln, England – “Works on Paper”

2005 - Lowery Gallery, Athens, GA – “Halloweenie Show”

2004 – Elevation Gallery, Atlanta, GA – “Square Peg . . . Round Hole”

            Elevation Gallery – “Impressionism in the New Millennium”

            Elevation Gallery – “In the Realm of Eden”

2003 – The Forum at DeFoor, Atlanta, GA – “Daughters of the New World”

            The Forum at DeFoor – “Abra Macabre,” featured artist

            The Forum at DeFoor – “American Strip Tease”

            The Forum at DeFoor – “Abstract x 3”

2002 – Tasty World, Athens, GA – “Climax Catalyst” Sound Art Performance

            Athica Art Center, Athens, GA – “Raw Womyn”

            Blue Sky, Athens, GA – “Sarasota Flower Series”

2001 – Lyndon House, Athens, GA – “Celebration of Local Artists,” juried

            AU Prefecture, Atlanta, GA – “A Taste of Honey”

            Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, GA – “Ir/rational”

            Lowery Gallery, Athens, GA – “Redemption,” solo show

            Lawmart, Athens, GA – “Discount Artwork . . . Always”

            Strand Salon, Athens, GA – “Sarasota Flower Series”

The Classic Center, Athens, GA – “First Annual Classic Center Celebration of the Arts,” juried

Krog Street Warehouse, Atlanta, GA – “Fifth Annual Arts Celebration”

2000 – Starbucks Gallery, Athens, GA – Project Safe Art Benefit

            Starbucks Gallery, “Ahab Revisited”

            Blue Sky, Athens, GA – “Offensive Art Show”

            Mono 09 Pod Gallery, Birmingham, AL – “Athens Artists”

            Athens Area Humane Society, Benefit

            Lowery Gallery, Athens, GA – “Mother’s Day”

            The Globe, Athens, GA – “Mental Health Benefit”

1999 – Blue Sky, Athens, GA – “Male Fire Paintings”

            Starbucks Gallery, Athens, GA – “Ahab at Starbucks”

            Lowery Gallery, Athens, GA – “Relationship Show”

            Lowery Gallery – “Dead Sleep Dreaming”

            Quality Warehouse, Athens, GA – “Red Fly Artist’s Guild”

1998 – Blue Sky, Athens, GA – “For Madmen Only,” performance, installation

            Lamar Dodd School of Art, Athens, GA – “For Madmen Only”

            Lamar Dodd School of Art, “349,” BFA exit show

1997 – Lamar Dodd School of Art, Juried Exhibition of Paintings

            Lamar Dodd School of Art, “Shine,” STARR student award

            Lamar Dodd School of Art, “Divination Series”

            Farsoozio’s Gallery, Athens, GA – “Divination Series”

            Soule Gallery, Athens, GA – “Divination Series”

            Soule Gallery, “Leanan Sidhe/Half Birth,” performance, installation

            Soule Gallery, “Dis Pater,” performance, installation

            The Atomic, Athens, GA - “Mathematics,” performance, installation

            40 Watt, Athens, GA – “Feedback Fed Back,” performance, installation

            Clayton Street Gallery, Athens, GA – “First Annual Juried Art Exhibition”

            Sanford Street, Athens, GA – “Valentine’s Day,” guerilla street art

            Nantahala Ave, Athens, GA – “Domestic,” performance, installation

 

Permanent Collection

Barbarka Foresty School, Barbarka, Poland
           

 


Excerpts from Recent Reviews

For Two Fold:

If Strijkan’s scenarios imply a masculinity thrown on its head or otherwise gone haywire, Chris Hall’s Seminal Sacrifice attacks a daily male ritual head on. Hall’s painting has an expressionistic force indebted to the jagged contours and textures of Clyfford Still’s abstraction, including its heavy-handed color which Barnett Newman famously referred to as “buckeye.” Yet far from abstract gestural statements, these mutlimedia works feature a series of overtly symbolic images competing for our attention with more mundane elements. The title of Seminal Sacrifice is painted in imperfect capital letters in a highlighted area of blue, above a giant black shape which partially resolves into a bull, surrounded by areas of vivid gold, blue, green, and white paint applied in variously thick and gooey or flat and diaphanous textures. A crude graphite graffito of a male bird-headed figure engrossed in theatrical self-stimulation overlays the bull’s head. The work’s heavy-handedness is tempered by the banal humor of the attached calendar at lower right, labeled “Masturbation schedule” and appropriately marked with “X”s on certain days. The jarring contrast between those two written messages gives the work its central import.  Hall states that “Humanity, with all its foibles, strivings, successes, and sins, is infinitely more interesting to me than anything that is polished, perfected, theoretical, or removed.” The immediate discomfort of entering the personal world embodied in such a work may be necessary to receiving its humanist message, which is conveyed through the specific juxtaposition of painting and collage with drawing—as writing, as graffiti-like scrawl, as diaristic revelation, and as crude sketch, all in dialogue with each other. It is the hybridity of this process, propelled by the intimacy and openness of drawing, which made the work possible. As Hall notes, “By introducing some the aspects of my drawing into my most recent painting, I have been more willing to take risks not only with materials, but also in subject matter. The process of raw immediacy and play shows in the result, and allows the viewer a sense of intimacy despite the often heavy and dark subject matter of my work.” The pathetic rawness of this work is its strength and its weakness, but the elements of writing and drawing introduce playfulness and humor, saving it from neo-expressionist kitsch.

 

For Swap Meet

Christopher Hall’s exuberant collage paintings draw from a tradition of caricature and comic art, as well as from “outsider” and “folk art” styles. In Cyclops Santa (2006), Hall’s scribbly pencil underdrawing and coloring “outside the lines” express the child-like excitement at work in this scene – Santa Claus, but he’s a Cyclops! And he has to fight Godzilla! Likewise with Monomaniac, a Captain Ahab character from Moby Dick is rendered in simple collage shapes full of exuberant gusto.

 


What People are Saying about Christopher Hall

Collected from Critical Reviews and Comment Books

 

1. “. . . Rich, beautiful things are happening here.”

2. “The most brilliant paintings I ever set my eyes upon. It was like staring into the face of God and Him telling me I am His greatest creation. It was like making love in space. I can die now a content person.”

3. “This made me so happy!!! THANK YOU!!!”

4. “It’s like you traveled all of the world, imperiously, all in your head (or at least in your studio). So f***ing strange – I like this.”

5. “Pretty f***ing amazing.”

6. “You kind of scare me but I guess this show makes sense.”

7. “Your show was the best this year.”

8. “Much like Kiefer and Cy Twombly – This is a good thing . . . well Kiefer at least.”

9. “. . . Funny, quirky, and playful.”

10. “One of the greatest painting shows I’ve ever laid my eyes upon . . . I like your brain.”

11. “I really enjoyed your show and I think it was one of the better ones I’ve seen this year . . . strong paintings, strong drawings, excellent presentation . . . I really enjoyed picking your brain . . . your humor infused artwork is both refreshing and encouraging.”

12. “. . . A true entrance into the mind of the artist . . . not bowing to the traditions of the museum.”

13. “No velvet rope!”

14. “I love you!”

15. “Ambitious, unfussy . . .”


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