“what i want to say is this” is an ode to the words left unsaid.
As in the five stages of grief, communication in intimate relationships ebbs and flows at points, bringing us closer to those we love and at others pushing us farther apart. Christopher aptly identifies his paintings as pieces that show “communication falling short.”
Inspired by Christopher’s own experience with relationships, this body of works tells the story of the unease that settles when communication has broken down. A close look at “if i tell you, will you listen” captivates the viewer with the latent malaise of the moment. Tender stares, the touching of hands, the tension of the unspoken, and the cold intimacy attest to the palpable fragility of the moment.
The open-ended title allows the viewer to fill in the blank with their own experience. We ask ourselves, what is the point of me talking to you if you do not listen? The 16- century painter Giorgio Vasari writes that while artists must be knowledgeable in design and technique, true art contains what he calls “grace” or “ephemerality,” as in much of Christopher’s oeuvre. While the influence of German Romanticism is present, the cold awkwardness of the moment prevails. This exhibition takes us through a journey of the universal feelings of love and loss.
Since graduating with MFA in Fine Arts from Goldsmith in London (2021), Christopher has exhibited at Koenig Gallery, Berlin, White Cube, London, Hannah Berry, London, and Nassima Landau Foundation, Tel Aviv. His most recent exhibition was a solo show at GNYP Gallery, Berlin. In 2020 he was awarded the Elizabeth Greenshields Award.