Christopher Kieling’s new body of work, is a celebration of form and texture. At its core is the artist‘s desire to meld technically precise graphic executions with intuitive practice and arrangements of materials. He uses epoxy resin as a vehicle to add further dimensions to intricate or minimalist compositions transforming them into sculptural objects. His selection of media includes fabric, wood, rubber and metals making exploration of his work a fascinating experience. The way in which the materials react with resin creates haptic overlapping shapes of different transparencies, which appear to be floating on a wooden carrier. The combination of shifting angles and different sources of illumination reveals playful interactions of light, through the coaction and contrast of shadows and reflections. The roughness and imperfection of the individual elements in juxtaposition with the graphic accuracy gives these pieces their striking definition.
Christopher was first drawn to abstract art through his research of Russian constructivists and theoretical design whilst studying at Central Saint Martins College, in particular the works of Jean Gorin, Lyubov Popova and Wassily Kandinsky. Latterly, he has been inspired by contemporary artists like Emma Zhang and Sean Scully. These inputs, combined with a drive to broaden his use of mediums, have precipitated the shift of focus from the figurative oil painting of his early work to graphic compositions. What began as a side project rapidly grew in complexity to become a turning point in his artistic practice, culminating in the creation of Bricks.
The timing to launch this body of work is essential to its conceptual context. His work can be seen as a reinterpretation of suprematism a century after its creation. This homage reanimates thoughts and theories from the constructivist philosophy, and questions modern culture by drawing a comparison between the political climate at that time and current trends.