Chris Graham | Atrium Occupation | 2nd Nov onwards
At the heart of artist and BSA resident Chris Graham‘s singular work lies a searing and uncompromising critique of institutional power and turbo-capitalism’s commodification of virtually everything. Chris often expresses this through iconography taken from pop culture’s epicentre, as well as its weirder margins: Mickey Mouse and Kate Moss have been regular allies, and hardcore pornography and imagery from the military-industrial complex feature prominently in his work. As bold and arresting as Chris’s work undoubtedly is, it’s also nuanced, full of humour, and always emotionally involving.
Chris is currently occupying our Atrium, making (and remaking) an ongoing installation that started with only a very rough outline: ‘I never have a solid plan, a finish line, as to what I make, because each shit is a new start to a new day and that can lead anywhere.’ As a consequence, our atrium has been in a state of flux since Chris started, with him continually revising, removing, and replacing the work that he’s been producing. We’re documenting the installation as it develops.
Chris started installing the second part of the Occupation in January…
Fellow resident and regular collaborator Bryan Eccleshall made this short film of Chris installing the second phase and talking about its background:
Various stages of phase two, as time-lapsed by Bryan:
Chris getting the occupation underway in November:
Three pieces from the first phase of the installation:
…and phase one as seen by Bank Street Arts member Tony Maj: