Otis Street Arts Project

Otis Street Arts Project

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Andrew Christenberry:: Artist's Talk and Demo

Artist's Talk and Demonstration by Wood Artist and Artisan Andrew Christenberry  in Support of his Exhibition

So what makes Andrew Christenberry tick? What does he mean by convergence? How does he make those black marks? Come celebrate the closing of his show ‘Convergence’ and find out. Two hours packed full of demonstrations, discussions and celebration with the artist. 
Meet and greet will begin at 3 PM, talk and wood burning demonstration will begin at 4pm.
Christenberry, born and raised in Washington, DC, attended the Corcoran School of Art and received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Furniture Design. 
His combinations of sculpture and furniture pieces offer a glimpse into his creativity, craftsmanship, and versatility. His combinations of wood, paint, metal, concrete, glass, fabric, plastics, and drawing provide a refreshing and rare take on well built items meant to last. 
Christenberry is represented locally by REYES : DAVIS Gallery
Here's a taste of his words in the Artist's words
Where to begin?
The double edged sword of the artist/craftsman. Mercifully, the world is chock full of so many amazing materials that it leaves little time to ponder that predicament. Distilled down to the core... I love to make things. It then quickly gets more complicated.
With furniture objects, there are established parameters. A table should have a level surface, a chair should be sat upon (comfort is a bonus), a desk... ample work space with drawers and cubbies for all the accouterments.
With art objects, there are no rules. Paint it, draw it, construct it. Maybe even destroy it. Build it back again over and over. All of the above.
This is typically the space I occupy. Constantly oscillating between these two worlds in my own mashed up tug of war. Occasionally the two converge.
You may be left asking "Whats the work about"? Recurring themes include natural and man-made disasters, the rise and fall of civilizations, man kinds indomitable will in the face of calamity, death, decay, rebirth, growth, and the constant march of time.
It's a lot to chew on... so I should get back to work. 
-Andrew Christenberry, 2015

September 12, 2015
3:00-4:00 For a Meet and Greet
4:00-5:00 For the Talk and Demonstration
Otis Street Arts Project
3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

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