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Secret Lick
found, made, altered

Chris Beards

August 24—September 30, 2007

The Quicksilver Mine Co. presents a one-man exhibition by Willits artist Chris Beards beginning August 24th and continuing through September 30th.

"Now & Laters", by Chris Beards
"Now & Laters,"
Mixed media and stained envelopes,
49" X 37" X 9", 2007

Beard's sculpture often revolves around multiples, items of more than one combined into a larger whole. Linked, strung, hung, stapled, tied together, an obsessive nature becomes evident in this body of work. Utilizing all kinds of found and hand-made materials including wood, paper, metal, zip-ties, jute, seeds, plexiglass, cardboard, fabric, wire, found objects, spray and acrylic paint, he creates distressed surfaces that somehow also reflect the passage of time.

"The formal organization of the work is the simple logic of the machine. I find a warm reassurance and subversive humor in the hand-made mimicking the machine-made...a spare and logical elegance of form…in the face of our overly cluttered bells and whistles culture," says the artist.

Chris Beards completed his BFA in Sculpture at Sonoma State, and his MFA in Sculpture at Central Washington University in Washington (state) in 1988. He has exhibited recently at Gallery One in Ellensburg, WA; the Morris Graves Museum of Art in Eureka: Tangerine Gallery, Ukiah; the Sacramento Fine Arts Center; and at the Willits and Sebastopol Centers for the Arts. This will be his first one-man show in Sonoma County.

"Pursuit" Detail, by Chris Beards
"Pursuit," Wood, aluminum, paper, cardboard,
rope, upholstery stained with coffee & rust, paint,
22" X 46" X 13", 2006


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An Artist Reception for Chris will be held on Saturday, August 25th from 4—6pm.

"Let Go/Never Let Go" by Chris Beards (detail)
"Let Go/Never Let Go"
Wood, paper, copper-plated steel,
zip-ties, jute, contact paper,
seeds, plexi-glass, metal leaf, paint,
67" X 37"X 27", 2006


Artist Statement

Artist Resume

Bakers Dozen 2006