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CHRIS WILLIFORD ART

 We're thrilled to spotlight Chris Williford as our artist for the 2020 West Town Art Walk. We love Chris' bold collages that use playful colors and striking shapes to draw on pop culture trends. Follow him on Instagram @cwilli.

From the artist:

"I explore the dark side of glamour and its allure to both celebrate and critique popular culture’s myths about itself. Symbols drawn from fashion and youth culture are layered and patterned with personal illustrations in order to lure viewers into dizzying, colorful images. I often use the process of collage to allow us to see both the breaks in the veneer and the complexity underneath. Through an interdisciplinary approach to personal memoir, I relay ongoing accounts of a melodramatic, queer mythology where glamour rises from the trash can." 

Chris Williford (b. 1993, Dallas, TX) received his BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2015, and MFA in Printmedia from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2018. Recent exhibitions include Frayed: Fiber Beyond Craft at ARC Gallery (Chicago, IL), SOFT at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative (Chicago, IL), Frankenglam at The Whistler (Chicago, IL), Fang Parlour (installation at SAIC MFA Show), and Clemson National Print and Drawing Exhibition (Clemson, SC). His work recently appeared in New American Paintings #137, Midwest Issue, and he was recently shortlisted as a Grant Finalist for The Hopper Prize.

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