Chris Packer

Chris Packer

Factory 49, 2017

I’ve always found it terrifically satisfying, blending colours together to achieve the illusion of three-dimensional form. The works in this show flip that process, using three-dimensional materials to create the ‘illusion’ of tonal gradation, with light itself as the medium.

The series started with one of my tangents, a work now called Prophetes. This was originally intended to be painted, but I couldn’t bring myself to do that. I put it in a group show and that felt okay, so I then set out to produce a bunch of them.

As sometimes happens in the creative life, this was a great highlight in my practice coinciding with a dark time in my life. I may have to take a ticket if I want to borrow Leonard Cohen’s line about the ‘crack in everything’, but in the case of this show, it demonstrated in more ways than one how the light gets in.

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Factory 49

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