ARTIST STATEMENT

Making art is an act of courage and resilience in our current  time.  

The artwork is meant to remind the viewer that the opposite of pain (which is inevitable) is laughter, comfort, pleasure, play and joy.  

C. Volker's artwork is influenced by three major styles of art;

1) Mid-Century Modernism of the 60s and particularly the work of the California Hard-Edged Geometric Painters of the 70s, like June Harwood and Karl Benjamin.  

2) Abstract-Expressionism of the 50s and 60s; large gestural paintings, particularly those of Richard Diebenkorn, Lee Krasner, Mark Rothko, Helen Frankenthaler and contemporary German painter Gerald Richter.  

3) Lyrical Abstractionists like Paul Jenkins, Basimi Ibrahim and the Contemporary Abstract paintings of Carrie Moyer, Erin O'Keefe and Rebecca Crowell to name just a few.    

 

 Chris Volker's process of painting is a dance between intuitive fluidity and disciplined control and at times a deliberate confounding of the figure/ground relationship.  The painting process involves building up layers of color and texture, scraping into the paint to reveal the underpainting; reworking the values and composition of the whole.  There is play between areas of depth vs. flat space, and opaque vs. transparent color.  

The subject matter is the mental, emotional and spiritual nature of the self and the other sometimes juxtaposed with the archetypal imagery of sacred geometry.