February 13th to March 8th, 2015Chris Uphues’ passion for knickknacks and pop imagery appeals in a very personal and visceral way, like “rummaging in the junk drawer of the soul.” In addition to his fine art painting practice, Uphues is also well versed in design, street art and ‘zines, with a singular style that translates across genres, and inspires and feeds back into his multifarious practice. Uphues sources influence from stickers, charms, keychains and a variety of imagery he calls “incidental graphics”; the smiley faces, hearts, hippie flowers and slot machine cherries that pervade our shared visual language. More often than not, these images populate Uphues’ works in swarms, creating all-over patterns of puffy mushrooms,
doe-eyed hearts and melting smiley faces that democratize the pop references, past and present.
Opening Event Friday February 13th
7pm to 11pm