This exhibition opens on Friday, September 4th, 6:00–9:00 PM
Exhibition runs through Sunday, September 20, 2015.
Saturdays and Sundays, 12 to 4 pm,
or by appointment.
Christopher Savage’s recent work conveys, through a decorative aesthetic, a feeling of anxiety towards our relationship with the environment. The drawings and objects examine the paradox of progress and the temporality of how viewing resources as commodity disrupts the balance between human needs and our effect on the environment. Re-appropriating the style of blue and white delftware ceramics, Savage subverts the imagery of the classic Dutch, Chinese, and English designs to show dystopian scenes culled from the news, the internet, and his imagination, highlighting the growing disconnect. His formal presentation of the circular designs allows for a combination of the symbolic with more literal imagery which brings out the falseness of the customary, idealized beauty. Through the examination of our current condition, Savage hopes to allow for reflection on our increasingly homogenized historical experience.
“I grew up in Victoria and attended the Camosun College visual arts program where I received a diploma. Continuing my studies, I finished my BFA at the University of Victoria. Drawing has always presented itself as the simplest way of putting ideas and reactions down in visual form. It remained the foundation of my practice while completing my degree, but through experimentation, I also found new applications for it by illustrating on recycled objects. The final products I make look to convey through the idealized and representational forms, the transitory and shared nature of life.”