Chris invites his audience to take part in the creative process of his current body of work through his blog…people can submit thoughts, ideas, song lyrics, etc
Since wrapping production on Skinnyfat, our Associate Producer, Chris Forbes, has been busy creating new images and exhibiting his work across the country. Most recently having shown his work, and winning an award, in Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Harrisburg, Chris is now taking on Los Angeles.”Snap To Grid: The UN-Juried Exhibit” at Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts (LACDA) opened this week in conjunction with the Downtown Art Walk.
A short blurb from the website describes the process, or lack thereof, as … “The usual (less than democratic) selection process where only the precious few are chosen is turned on its head in a curatorial anarchy where everyone gets to participate and the viewer is literally left to be the judge. The show represents a snapshot of a current moment in art history when digital imaging has reached the hands of the many, an age where culture belongs to the “mobblogers” around the globe.”
Keeping with the theme of everyone being allowed to participate, Chris invites his audience to take part in the creative process of his current body of work. He, through his blog and other social media, asked people to submit thoughts, ideas, song lyrics, passages from books, or whatever happened to be bouncing around in their heads. For thirty days he would choose a new suggestion and incorporate it into that day’s image. With only twenty-four hours to contemplate it, shoot it, edit it, and post it (as well as working, eating, and sleeping)the process allowed him to let go and step away from that feeling of being “fussy-finished” with each image.
It became a collaboration with the viewer and the artist; giving co-credit to those that submitted ideas. Collectively, these images deal with the themes of identity, self-imposed as well as perceived, the human condition, lost love, beauty in darkness … all with a touch of humor. Three of these images are now on display at LACDA. The show runs from December 8 -December 30, 2011.
You can keep up with Chris’ work at his website
And see the exhibit at:
Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts
102 West Fifth Street Los Angeles, CA 90013
*detail view from “Lesson Learned” as suggested by Jennifer Lynch, 2011