Cedric Christie "Color Movement"


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Flowers presents the first US solo exhibition of work by acclaimed British artist Cedric Christie, Color Movement.

Cedric Christie draws most of his inspiration for Color Movement from dance - in particular George Balanchine’s ballet, Agon (1957). This ballet consists of a series of dance movements in which various groups of dancers interact in pairs, trios or quartets. Christie was heavily influenced by the pas de deux between African-American dancer Arthur Mitchell and white ballerina Diana Adams, whose performance was banned from being televised in the United States until 1965.

Christie’s fluid aluminum sculptures represent transient gestures and mercurial movement, bringing to mind a dancer’s flexibility and ability to move weightlessly, seamlessly. Three to four elements are placed together and the aluminum is either left bare or vivid color is applied, often referring to a dancer’s costume. Their placement demonstrates both balance and poise, reminiscent of the movement of a limb, or a relaxed pose.

The consistent use of color is found throughout other works in this exhibition. He incorporates and manipulates everyday objects such as snooker balls and embellished scaffolding, creating sculptures that are meticulously and skillfully made. These works become both a critical appraisal of modernism as well as a playful exploration of form and meaning.

Using humor and irony as subtle vehicles of communication, Christie manipulates a previous take on minimalism with a re-creation of the work, Pink Painting 2009 - a full-scale car crushed to the point of two-dimensionality. Christie makes a self-consciously absurd allusion to minimalism’s valorisation of the ‘flatness’ of the picture plane. In Color Movement, Christie presents Pink Painting as a photograph separated into104 framed pieces. He concludes that this installation is essentially ‘flat-packed’, where one can take this car off the wall and put it in a box.

Born in 1962, Cedric Christie lives and works in London. He has exhibited widely in the United Kingdom and internationally and has curated a number of large-scale group exhibitions. His work is in held many collections including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia; the Anita Zablowich collection; Unilever, London; Derwent Valley Holdings plc, London; Brown Rudnick Freed and Gesmer, London; and Land Securities, London.



from October 28, 2011 to December 03, 2011

Opening Reception on 2011-10-27 from 18:00 to 20:00


Cedric Christie

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