Acrylic on Cardboard by Christopher Lynn
Walls are borders, boundaries, protection, separation, and delineation. I build walls and raze them. Walls that were meant to divide and claim inevitably become divided and claimed. The Berlin Wall has been reduced to collectible rubble. Opportunists even create counterfeit souvenirs of the Berlin Wall made of concrete skinned in spray paint and then peddled to tourists. My colorful and clownish structures sit incomplete and somewhat useless in deserts, homes, sidewalks, roads, and libraries. They signify a blockade, but functionally fail.
As I build walls, I field questions about what I’m doing which opens the possibility of conversation. We talk of the necessity of some walls and the superfluity of others. We talk of walls as symbols and metaphors. We talk of freeway walls, the walls of their homes, border fences, the delineations of class, race, and economy, and how walls are a cancellation of weather, environment, intrusion, and others. They are a removal and erasure of what we don’t want to see or experience. The act of building in remote locations and crowded centers is just a catalyst and vocabulary for introspection, but also an acknowledgement of barriers of thought and language.
Christopher Lynn is based in Utah. His work has been shown at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City, Dorsch Gallery in Miami, Florida (now Emerson Dorsch), BLK/MRKT in Los Angeles, and Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. He was the executive director of SPACES from 200 until 2013 ,where he worked with artists such as Steve Lambert, Temporary Services, William Pope.L, Jon Rubin, Machine Project, Efrat Klipshtien, Arzu Ozkal, Ben Kinsley and Jessica Langley, and many other great people. He is a founding member of commonfield.org.
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