Reception: Saturday, July 18 from 5pm to 7pm
Otis Street Arts Project announces CONVERGENCE, an exhibition of wood sculpture and mixed media furniture by Andrew Christenberry.
Christenberry, born and raised in Washington, DC, attended the Corcoran School of Art and received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in Furniture Design.
His combinations of sculpture and furniture pieces offer a glimpse into his creativity, craftsmanship, and versatility. His combinations of wood, paint, metal, concrete, glass, fabric, plastics, and drawing provide a refreshing and rare take on well built items meant to last.
Christenberry is represented locally by REYES : DAVIS Gallery
In the Artist’s words:
Where to begin?
The double edged sword of the artist/craftsman. Mercifully, the world is chock full of so many amazing materials that it leaves little time to ponder that predicament. Distilled down to the core… I love to make things. It then quickly gets more complicated.
With furniture objects, there are established parameters. A table should have a level surface, a chair should be sat upon (comfort is a bonus), a desk… ample work space with drawers and cubbies for all the accouterments.
With art objects, there are no rules. Paint it, draw it, construct it. Maybe even destroy it. Build it back again over and over. All of the above.
This is typically the space I occupy. Constantly oscillating between these two worlds in my own mashed up tug of war. Occasionally the two converge.
You may be left asking “Whats the work about”? Recurring themes include natural and man-made disasters, the rise and fall of civilizations, man kinds indomitable will in the face of calamity, death, decay, rebirth, growth, and the constant march of time.
It’s a lot to chew on… so I should get back to work.
-Andrew Christenberry, 2015
Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis Street Mount Rainier, MD. For more information visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1656352467913669/.