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CHRISTOPHER SAGE Sideshow


MR MOEBIUS, THE ESCAPOLOGIST (ANTON) acrylic paint on canvas 47 x 41 cm | 2014


THE APPRENTICE (PAUL) acrylic paint on canvas 47 x 41 cm | 2013


MAN, LIONEL (STEPHAN) oil & acrylic paint on canvas on board 47 x 41 cm | 2012


BOY, LIONEL (STEPHAN) oil & acrylic paint on canvas on board 47 x 41 cm | 201


EMILIE THE GREAT (PAUL) oil & acrylic paint on canvas on board 47 x 41 cm | 2012


HAT TRICK acrylic paint on canvas on board, hand-painted frame 34.9 x 35.3 cm | 2012


Circus Mathematics Art


Magicians, mathematics, mystics & the defunct entertainment of abandoned funfairs & curiosity sideshows serve as influence behind my kaleidoscopic paintings. Two-point perspective is twisted & fused with isometric & oblique perspectives to construct subtle visual frictions within my analogue environments. These mazes like interiors draw references to early virtual computer games. The deserted & sparsely furnished scenes conflict with the paintings‘ decadence of pattern & colour. Opposition & visual unity are constant themes in my work. The depicted spaces & shrouded identities are in constant competition against the patterned background, which threatening to engulf the image & reduce the painting to mere wall decoration. Elements form one painting may migrate to another or even into the gallery space. The intermit-scaled paintings often serve as blue prints, giving rise to sculptural forms, installations & dioramas. In this way, the paintings give rise to physical mimicries, which populate their surroundings. Additionally, an existing artwork may inform the development of a new painting, & subsequent sculptures and installations. Through variable configurations, new artworks open fresh dialogues & interrelations with existing works, exploring interconnectivity of individual artworks & multiple layering of concepts & ideas. Prime numbers define the perimeters & inform the compositional structure of the paintings. They additional impact & inform the scale and realization of the sculptural & installational elements. My interest with Prime numbers stems from their concrete indivisibility & peculiar sequential pattern, gifting them a kind of mathematical mysticism. Within my work, Primes serve as a mode of exploring mathematic & aesthetic relations, offering an area of expanded enquiry & rational from principals of classical golden section. This concealed, underlying mathematical structure governs the formation & development of individual compositions, directing artistic decision making, therefore defining the finished artwork.


AFTER THE SHOW acrylic paint on canvas on board, hand-painted frame 35.9 x 36.7 cm, 180째 invertable | 2012


AFTER THE SHOW acrylic paint on canvas on board, hand-painted frame 35.9 x 36.7 cm, 180째 invertable | 2012


100 YEARS UPSIDE DOWN acrylic paint on canvas on board, hand-painted frame 36.7 x 37.3 cm, 180째 invertable | 2012


FORTUNE TELLER acrylic paint on canvas on board, hand-painted frame 30.7 x 33.7 cm | 2012


THE ILLUSIONIST acrylic paint on canvas on board, hand-painted frame 31.5 x 30.5 cm | 2011


XYZ BLACKBOX RESONATOR

YZX BLACKBOX RESONATOR

black MDF board with speaker and mp3 player 17.5 x 17.5 x 11 cm, 191 sec loop | 2012

black MDF board with speaker and mp3 player 18 x 17.5 x 11 cm, 241 sec loop | 2012


ZXY BLACKBOX RESONATOR black MDF board with speaker and mp3 player 19.5 x 17 x 11 cm , 149 sec loop | 2012


101 YEARS Installation with ‘100 years upside down’, ‘The 3’, ‘Helix’ and house-paint dimensions variable | 2013


Christopher Sage was born in London/GB in 1975. He lives and works in Berlin. Sage studied at the University of Reading and received a Bachelor with Honours in 1998 and a postgraduate Diploma in Fine Art in 2008. He was awarded the Owen Ridley Drawing Prize in 1998.


Exhibitions | Selection GROUP 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2004

Tomorrow is Time for the Future, Kunstraum Bethanien|Berlin .spatiotemporal, Galerie Thomas Crämer, Berlin AU79, shining dawn, Cube 54 | Berlin Laut plan sollte es losknallen, Atelierhof-Kreuzberg | Berlin We can start a process, Kreuzberg Pavillon | Berlin H.J.K.J.H.G., Skalitzer 140 Temporary | Berlin 48 Stunden 2010, Studio 54 | Berlin Forgeries, The Forgotten Bar Project | Berlin Jamaica Street Artists & Friends, Bristol City Museum & Art Gallery | Bristol/GB Cabinet, Gallery 33 | Berlin InSpuratIon, University of Reading | Reading/GB MA & Postgraduate Contemporary Art Show, Atkinson Gallery | Sommerset/GB The Labyrinth of the Gaze, Launch Event Islington | London/GB

SOLO 2013 2012 2009 2005 2004

hinterm Tresen..., Wesen | Berlin Death at the Sideshow, REH Kunst | Berlin Import Export, Weissfaktor: Raum für Zeitgenössische Kunst | Berlin Oscillating Order, Berliner Kunstprojekt | Berlin Magic Box, 35 Jamaica Street | Bristol/GB


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