Company Artists

Christopher Smith

  • Hometown: New York
  • Education: Pratt Institute, MFA, Brooklyn, NY. SUNY Purchase, Bachelors of Arts/ Art History, Purchase, NY.
  • Website: http://www.9flips.com/
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Christopher Smith is a featured artist on Art/Trek NYC Season 1. Chosen by Wayne Northcross, independent curator and director of Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, Chris is the Bronx representative for the docu-series.

He has exhibited at Manhattan's 3LD Art and Technology Center, the Grace Space in Brooklyn, The Williamsburg Art and Historical Center, The Conflux City Festival, and for The DUMBO Arts Festival.

Recently, in Westchester NY, he created an interactive public video sculpture titled, The 1967 Buick Fish Bowl Special. This sculpture depicted video projections of heavily fanged sharks and exotic sea life swimming within the interior of an old classic American vehicle.

In the summer 2011, at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, for the Inaugural Artist in the Marketplace Biennial he installed a site-specific video installation from the Painter Project series titled Cutting In. A 14-foot by 3-foot sheet of plexi-glass leaned on a 45-degree angle between the wall and the floor of the space, while streaks of brightly colored paints where seen to drip continuously down the glass, creating the illusion that the dripping paint was embedded into the actual surface.

Smith’s work is based on a conceptual framework that combines diverse media, like, construction equipment, HD video cameras, digital projectors, and assembly line manufactured objects. There is a gestaltto his process, using performance, video, drawing, and sculpture, all to depend on each other while retaining their specific identities; and designedto relate a space with a material and to the process.

 “I’m intrigued by how we interact within space, and how the many identities of space can be implicated. I’ve currently been immersed with the fluidity of paint, and it’s performative properties outside of the artist’s hand or influence.  I capture with video, the dripping, or spattering performance of paint as a continuous action that can be perceived through many physical mediums, it’s important to let theprocess become an additional layer placed back into the final form.”