by Chris Kienke
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
April 3 - 27, 2018
Chris Kienke is assistant professor of art and design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Art and Design. He holds an MFA in Painting from Southern Illinois University and is a frequent presenter at national art conferences. He has exhibited extensively, both here and abroad, and he is currently represented by Fuchs Projects Gallery in New York, NY. His work can be found in both public and private collections in Scotland, the United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Canada, Vietnam, the Netherlands, and the United States.
For more information about Chris and his work, visit his personal website.
"My artwork explores iconic visual imagery, which influences the formation of American cultural identities. Images broadcast on social media, film and television shape our values both individually and collectively as a society. As an artist who places importance on developing ideas in the classroom with students as well as in my private studio, the considerations that fuel my artworks and pedagogical discussions are not limited to one discipline and often become a part of my teaching practice. For example, in my personal work ideas about patriotism, citizenship and freedom - are represented by images, which are themselves reflective of class, race, and gender. They shape our beliefs about what American values are and who gets to share in those values. The continuing discussions of social, political, historical, and economic issues filtered through nationalistic and patriotic ideals found in social media, film and television in the United States is a dialogue that demands visual rendering" - Chris Kienke