Christopher B Ward
I have an experimental approach to materials in an on-going making and unmaking process that plays an important role within my work. Recently my practice has expanded to include textiles and craft based processes, such as machine knitting, to push my ideas. Craftsmanship and the making of objects are important to me, but my practice jumps from one place to another with, at times, with no obvious logic, even though there is a method to my way of working. This method can be summed up as a meticulous, process-driven unruliness.
Craft informs my practice, where together with analytical thinking it plays an important role in allowing me to step back and have a mental discussion with my work. The craftsman’s methodology has been a long-standing and consistent resource for me, but recently it has become more apparent through my use of textiles and, in particular, machine knitting. Other long standing and important influences arise from my interest in punk, heavy metal and industrial metal / electronic music and the subcultures associated with them. I am interested in their use of subversive iconography and their general anti-establishment ethos and I have incorporated these elements into my work.
Materiality, sub cultures, and experimental methodology come together in my practice to produce brightly coloured, visually abrasive, intense textile-based objects that have as much to do with craft as with painting. I come to craft as a painter due to my art training and personal history. Using canvas I integrate textiles with stitching or by wrapping the stretcher. The aims are to critique and, in turn, satirise the art / craft debate and to subvert contemporary society and culture as well as open a space for dialogue within them.
I believe that craft is as intrinsic to art as art is to craft. We cannot have one without the other. Craft is what helps us to materially shape and bind ideas in the process of making. I combine craft with a non- conformist or playful attitude and an open mind towards experimentation. I am willing to break the rules of artistic methodology and craft thinking so as to develop my practice and to become more skilled and visually abrasive. I have the attitude of punk regarding ways of working, experimentation, thinking, and aesthetics. All these elements work towards producing different, confrontational, dangerous, intelligent, and playful work.
2016 - London 2016 Art Car Boot Fair, Art Society Soho Stand, Brick Lane Yard, London E1
2016 – Participated in Art Society Soho, Creative Debuts, and in conjunction with Whitechapel gallery’s First Thursday. Art Society Soho’s B + W. Art Society Soho’s audacious Black and White show. The Black and White Building, 74 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY, London, UK. Curated by Mr Von Hugo.
2016 – Participated in Art Society Soho, Creative Debuts, and in conjunction with Whitechapel gallery’s First Thursday. HM90 Art Society Soho’s audacious glance at HM The Queen in this her 90th year. The Black and White Building, 74 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY, London, UK. Curated by Jess De Wahls & Mr Von Hugo.
2015 – 16 Invited to participate in Caitlin Mavroleon – Pop up Exhibition, 61 Golborne Road, London, W10 5NR, UK.
2015 Became a member of Art Society Soho.
2015 UAL Chelsea College of Art MA Fine Art Degree Show. 16 John Islip St, London, SW1P 4JU, UK.
2015 Participated in a group exhibition: The Office Sessions IV at 40 Beak Street, W1F 9RQ, London, UK.
2014 – 15 Participated in a group exhibition: The Office Sessions III and The Office Party, 5th Floor Anchorage House, London, UK.
2014 Participated in a group exhibition: The Invisible MUSEUM asylum at The Pump House Museum, The Pump House Museum, London, UK.
2014 Participated in a group exhibition: Expressions at Camden Image Gallery.174 Royal College street, London NW1 0SP, UK.
2014 Participated in Sifa presents: Movements in Modernism.
2014 Participated in a group exhibition Heaven and Hell: Espacio Gallery, 159 Bethnal Green Rd, London E2 7DG, UK. Curated by Carlos De Lins.
2013 Participated in and Joint Curating Magenta Art Group Exhibition: Disparate Motives at Curious Duke Gallery. 173 Whitecross St, London EC1Y 8JT, UK.
2012-13 Participated in Departure Foundation Group Exhibition: Matter.
2012 Participated in Showcase Cities Group Exhibition.
2011 Participated Q-Art London’s end of year Group Exhibition and a member of the hanging / invigilation team. 6 Creekside, London SE8 4SA, UK.
2011 Participated in Magenta Art’s second year birthday show.
2011 Participated in and Joint Curating of Mystical Realms Joint Exhibition.
2011 Participated in Facing The Unknown Joint Exhibition.
2011 Presented work at Q-Art Joint presentation/convenor.
2010 Open Studio at Magenta art as part of Islington Exhibits. Http://www.islingtonexhibits.com.