Thursday, January 05, 2017

NOW
EXHIBITION:
With Liberty and Justice for Some @ Walter Maciel Gallery

Portrait of John Muir Chris Natrop 2017

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Monday, December 12, 2016

RECENT
Billboard @
Hollywood & Normandie, L.A.

Thank you Mona Kuhn and The Billboard Creative !

Chris Natrop Billboard, Hollywood & Normandie, Los Angeles 2016

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

RECENT
VIDEO:
Silver Sun Supernova

artist documentary by Chris Natrop | 4:10 | 1080p | 2016
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Thursday, November 03, 2016

Artist Reception
Thurs, Nov 10 | 6-9
@ Cooper Design Space

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WHAT reception for Silver Sun Supernova, a site-specific installation by artist Chris Natrop
WHERE Cooper Design Space |  860 South Los Angeles Street | Los Angeles, CA 90014
WHEN Thursday, November 10, 2016, 6-9PM
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Made of hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, glitter, video projection, and audio, Silver Sun Supernova by LA-based artist Chris Natrop reshapes the Cooper Design Space’s lobby into an otherworldly environment.

Silver Sun Supernova (detail) 2016

Made of hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, glitter, video projection, and audio, Silver Sun Supernova by LA-based artist Chris Natrop reshapes the Cooper Design Space’s lobby into an otherworldly environment.

Swaths of intricately hand-cut paper hued with acrylic paint hover inches from the lobby walls of the building’s entryway. The artwork meanders forward as colorful silhouettes dance with protruding columns and peel from the wall to float in space at the lobby’s end. Elements suspended from the ceiling float within a projection of kaleidoscopic geometry encompassing a white-hot nucleus, an unsettled supernova caught in a state of perpetual stasis. The integrated ambient soundscape adds another level of intrigue, producing an unexpected and transformative experience where the passerby becomes a temporary inhabitant of a newly formed world. Silver Sun Supernova imagines an existence of perilous beauty, a turbulent vision turned benevolent.

Chris Natrop counters environmental anxieties by offering utopian constructions of fantastical worlds emerging from post-apocalyptic aftermath. He creates forms in his cut paper works exclusively by using a knife. Immediate cutting decisions allow for serendipitous discovery of ambiguous, silhouetted imagery surfacing as interconnected landscapes. His “paper drawings” are shown as framed works and three-dimensional installations. Silver Sun Supernova will run through January 27, 2017.

Past projects can be seen worldwide in museums, galleries, and various other public spaces with recent local exhibitions at Craft and Folk Art Museum and Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery at Barnsdall Park. Major recent commissions include site-specific works for Facebook’s Playa Vista and Menlo Park locations and the AON Building in DTLA. Natrop works out of the Bendix Artist Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

For more information, please contact Annie Wharton Art Consulting: anniewharton@gmail.com or 323.942.9095 (office)/310.447.8021 (mobile).

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Lobby of Cooper Design Space 2016
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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

RECENT
INSTALLATION:
Silver Sun Supernova
@ Cooper Design Space, Downtown L.A.

Come see, stroll through, stay awhile. The Cooper Design Space’s lobby has been transformed into a fantastical, otherworldly environment open the the public.

Cooper Design Space lobby by Chris Natrop 2016

Silver Sun Supernova is a site-specific installation by artist Chris Natrop.

Made of hand-cut paper, acrylic paint, glitter, video projection, and audio, this multifaceted work reshapes Cooper Design Space’s classic lobby space into a fantastical, otherworldly environment. The artist hopes to engage the public’s sense of wonder by providing this unexpected and transformative experience.

Chris Natrop, considered a cut paper installation artist, creates his work freeform and exclusively with a knife. His cut paper drawings are applied as framed works or utilized within three-dimensional installations. Past projects can be seen worldwide in museums, galleries, and various other public spaces. Natrop works out of the Bendix Artist Studios in downtown Los Angeles.

Custom framing provided by Finishing Concepts

Please contact Annie Wharton Art Consulting for sales inquiries:
323.942.9095 or anniewharton@gmail.com.

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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Silver Sun Afterglow
@ Nancy Toomey Fine Art, San Francisco

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CHRIS NATROP  
SILVER SUN AFTERGLOW

July 2 to August 20, 2016 
Artist Reception – Saturday, July 2, 6pm to 8pm

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm
nancy@nancytoomeyfineart.com 415-307-9038

Nancy Toomey Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles based artist Chris Natrop entitled Silver Sun Afterglow. The exhibition runs July 2 to August 20, 2016, at Nancy Toomey Fine Art, 1275 Minnesota Street, in San Francisco. The public is invited to the artist reception on Saturday, July 2, from 6pm to 8pm. Join the event page here.

After firmly establishing himself in the art scene in San Francisco with exhibitions at notable museums, galleries, and art centers, Chris Natrop moved to Los Angeles in 2006. He now brings his exquisite hand-cut paper installations back to San Francisco for his first solo exhibition at Nancy Toomey Fine Art. 

As working with paper reaches its heyday in the art world, Natrop has proved himself a forerunner of the medium. He began cutting paper in 2001, after he was dissatisfied with a charcoal drawing he was working on. He began to cut the drawing apart directly on the wall, using a crude box-cutting knife which today remains his tool of choice. Executed free-form and exclusively with a knife, his process has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique that has continued to evolve and develop. The methodical, repetitive unintentionality of his drawing process results in color washed paper forms that appear at once ethereal and organically chaotic. Shifting forms of pattern, shadow, and silhouette intertwine to become complex, unified landscapes. Agility and innovation combine to create delicate images of flora and fauna that immerse the viewer in a world wholly imagined yet entirely specific. 

In Silver Sun Afterglow, Natrop transforms the gallery using hand cut paper with a range of painting color patterns and effects. These intricately cut paper silhouettes are a hybrid of natural and synthetic form–a loosely-faceted environment evolving within a fantastical trajectory. This exhibition responds to his obsession with post-apocalyptic sentiments, specifically his current disillusionment with water resources. The installation will take shape through an array of cut-paper formations: various ceiling-hung conglomerations, site-specific wall reliefs, and interrelated framed works. In his words, “Silver Sun Afterglow is an irrepressible tangle of life, a hybrid-world twisting and clinging to its sterile confines, a fractured landscape in the natural process of reconfiguration.”

Born in 1967 in Milwaukee, Chris Natrop grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin and relocated to California after receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992. After receiving his BFA in Chicago he was an affiliate artist at the Headland Center for the Arts in Sausalito, CA. He has shown his work throughout the US and Europe and has recently completed a series of commissioned public sculptures in Dubai, China, Houston, and Los Angeles. In 2012 Natrop installed a temporary work in Terminal One of the Los Angeles International Airport, which was housed in an 18 foot glass case. In 2016 he completed site specific works for Facebook’s Playa Vista and Menlo Park campuses. Natrop is a recipient of several awards, including the Pulse Prize at Pulse New York, and is included in numerous public and private collections. 

Nancy Toomey Fine Art
1275 Minnesota Street, San Francisco
Tues-Sat 11am-5:30pm

nancy@nancytoomeyfineart.com 
415-307-9038

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Monday, May 02, 2016

RECENT
Facebook Commissions
@ Play Vista, Menlo Park

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Between Light and Half Light @ Thelma Sadoff Center for the Arts, Fond du Lac

Chris Natrop: Between Light and Half Light

Chris Natrop’s artwork is centered on the act of cutting paper. Executed free-form and exclusively with a knife, his process has evolved into a stream-of-consciousness drawing technique that has developed over the past several years.

Natrop displays his “knife drawings” directly on the wall, or combines multiple pieces into three-dimensional, floor-to-ceiling installations. He has shown his work throughout the US and Europe and has recently completed a series of commissioned public sculptures in Dubai, Houston, and Los Angeles.

Natrop currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Mari Forge (who grew up just south of Fond du Lac in Eden) and their son Orion.

Natrop was born in 1967 in Milwaukee. He grew up in Hartland, Wisconsin and relocated to California after receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1992.

Exhibition Dates: March 11 – May 7, 2016
Reception Date: March 11, 2016

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

RECENT
Half Light Singularity
@ The Old Marijuana Factory

WHAT
A dozen Los Angeles artists will repurpose a 16,000 square foot, derelict marijuana factory and present a one night only gesamtkunstwerk involving indoor horse racing, mint juleps, music, spontaneous choreographed dancing, site-specific installation, sculpture, painting and detritus. All work will serve and further implicate the evening’s activities.

This will be a highly participatory evening. Guests are encouraged to dress as ladies/gents and register to jockey and race around an uneven, slightly obstacled, 100 yard indoor race track while balancing Joshua Beckman’s miniature ceramic race horses on antique silver spoons and drinking Miguel Nelson’s mint juleps from Tony Brown’s hand crafted cups. If anyone drops their horse or spills their drink, they’ll be disqualified. The winning horse will have its jockeys’ names inscribed on Gioj De Marco’s trophy and receive Hollyflora prizes. Chris Natrop’s illuminating site-specific installation, Miguel Nelson’s intoxicating Mint Julep bar and Umar Rashid’s musical bandstand will share the racetrack center. Edwina Nelson’s series of delicate, racehorse naming paintings, Gioj De Marco’s trophy manger and a jockey registration table will be installed opposite the track.

In between races, guests will dance the racetrack in spontaneously choreographed fashion to live and recorded music by Chad Brown, Umar Rashid and Cap Gun Holdups. Guests will also take self-guided tours through an adjacent, dark and abandoned, hundred year old boarding house where Tony Brown’s transformed artifacts, gleaned from the premises, will be showcased. The Let’s Be Frank gourmet hotdog truck will be on site to refuel jockeys.

The aftermath will be on view by appointment
Feb 20 – March 5.

WHO
Joshua Beckman
Chad Brown
Tony Brown mostbrown.com
Gioj De Marco gioj.org
Chuck Moffit chuckmoffit.com
Chris Natrop chrisnatrop.com
Edwina Nelson edwinanelson.com
Miguel Nelson miguelnelson.com
Umar Rashid frohawktwofeathers.com
Hollyflora hollyflora.com
The Capgun Holdups

WHY
Jolly Night at the Races will be the only race of its kind in history, and rumor has it that the mint juleps will be out of this world.

WHEN
Friday, February 19th, 8pm to Midnight (The Race)
CONFIRMED RSVPs ONLY
Saturday, February 20th – Saturday March 5th (The Aftermath)
APPOINTMENT ONLY

WHERE
The Old Marijuana Factory
614 East 4th Street
Los Angeles CA 90013

HOW
RSVP with subject line “Jolly RSVP” to mf@miguelnelson.com
Street parking and pay lot parking is available within a 5 minute walk; however, Jolly Night at the Races urges guests to carpool, Uber or taxi if they intend to drink. For more information email Miguel Nelson. mf@miguelnelson.com

HISTORY
From 2005 to 2009, Marvimon Presents produced the infamous, celebrity chef driven, Secret Restaurant series and other conceptual soirees including: Arctic Landscape, Quiet Kissing, The Rapture of Ukiyo Morisake, Hot Lady Heaven, Zaratexperience, Baby’s All Grown Up, LACE Foodyteria, FOCA Suspended Animation, Banana Daiquiri Séance and Shiner. These events conflated desires and interests of participating artists and audience. Jolly Night at the Races will be the first Marvimon Presents moment since 2009. See more at miguelnelson.com

“The events began to change shape.” – LA Weekly, 2009

“Banana Daiquiri Séance is a an exhibition exploring the party as a subject, an idea, a state of mind, and a model of artistic practice.” – Holly Meyer, 2008

“Baby’s All Grown Up served as a metanarrative deconstruction of what an art opening is and isn’t supposed to be.” – Los Angeles Times, 2006

“…endlessly fascinated by what goes on.” – New York Times, 2006

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