© Christopher Pelley  2019

 

Biography

A New York City based visual artist working in Rome and Beijing, Christopher was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, grew up in New England and moved through a succession of suburban tract homes. He dropped out of high school to travel across India, studied at Syracuse University and received his BFA summa cum laude from Arizona State University.  At an early age he developed a fascination with the ancient world and the ruins of civilizations that preceded our own Anthropocene age. Conceptually his work pivots around the intersections of Myth and Memory, History and Nostalgia. The paintings, drawings, assemblages and ephemeral installations are sometimes disruptive in nature, embody a peculiar wit and are informed by an aggregate of information. His installations and performances have a strong sense of place employing culturally significant materials. In China rice, coal dust, and spent fire cracker papers collected after village celebrations, in Italy coffee, sugar and confetti from Carnivale and in New York, ashes and Cheetos are some of the materials Christopher has used as he sifts through the archaeology of images to try and understand how we got here.

 

Christopher has exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Toronto, Denver, Santa Fe, Rome, Budapest and Beijing.  His work is in the collections of the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina,  and the Austin Museum of Art in Austin Texas among other noted collections.  He is also curator at  東西Projects, Beijing and an arts writer.