Christopher Carter - Portfolio                                                     

 

Christopher Carter has created an impressive body of work in a variety of disciplines and media throughout his career. He creates still and kinetic/interactive sculpture, paintings, and woodcuts.

 

"My large scale sculpture has shown a trend for recycled and/or re-purposed materials. Each sculpture has been created with a concept divined from the history inherent to the material. In short, the history or story behind the materials serves to guide its own relevance when re-purposed through sculpture."

 

Airstream                                                                                                           | 2014 - 

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Work in Progress

Proposed for a 2016 Installation

Lillian Towers Chicago Sears Plaza

Thanksgiving Day Table                                                                               | 2014

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Materials: 

Reclaimed Redwood

Various Metals and Bolts

 

 

Dimensions
15' x 42" x 36" 

Wege Foundation Logo                                                                                 | 2014

The Wege Foundation is an ecological foundation established in 1967 to combat the negative impact of industrialization on the Great Lakes. It institutes and promotes programs to mitigate our carbon footprint and to better the environment, through education, innovation, and ideas. 

 

Christopher Carter is a Junior Board Member with the Foundation and has been for the last 10 years. 

 

http://www.wegefoundation.com/

Materials: 

Reclaimed Redwood

Cast Glass/Acryllic

Found Materials

 

 

Dimensions
3' x 4' x 6" 

Newton's Cradle #2                                                                                       | 2013

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Materials: 

Douglas Fir 

Brunswick Bowling Balls

Base Frets and Strings

Found Objects

 

Dimensions
5' x 6'6'' x 8'

Art Prize 

September 2013

   Discussion in White (Prototype)                                                               | 2012 - 2013

Materials: 

Wood 

Bronze

Aircraft Wire

Mallet

Photographed during Art Basel

Buena Vista Building, 2nd Floor

Design District, Miami, FL

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   Slides and Projector                                                                                             | 2012  

Materials
4'' x 3'' Glass Slides
3M 9100 Series Overhead Projector 
"These glass slides were recovered from the University of California, Berkeley while I was getting my graduate degree. They are instructional slides which date back to the early 1920s." 

 

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Bronze Totems w/ Various Bases (Contemporary, Doric, Corinthian)                             | 2012  

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Contemporary Bases 

 

Materials: Cast Bronze, Found Welding Masks

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Doric & Corinthian
Bases

 

Materials: Carved Cherry Wood, Paint

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Windows of an Industrial Age                                                                      | 2012  

Materials
Found Frames
Gold Leaf
Existing Wall

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The Bronze Buoy                                                                                              | 2012  

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Dimensions
6' x 8' Various Materials
 
Materials

Reclaimed Mahogany
(Miami Shores, FL)

 

Tug boat rope

(Sausalito, CA.) 

 

Bronze

(Cast in Hialeah, FL) 

Totem Pole                                                                                                         | 2009

Materials

Bronze

 

Dimensions

8' x 14'' diam

 

Commission 2009

Arizona Private Collection

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

The idea of a hidden history informs the triptych of carved totemic poles. African and Northwest Indian motifs swirl about; nevertheless, these sculptures are tomes of the modern urban landscape as well. Smooth, glassy infusions of resin pull the triptych into a high-tech world.​

 Plank Poems                                                                                                     | 2008

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 Plank A                                                        Plank B

Materials

Resin

Woodcut 

Steel

 

 

Dimensions

Plank A: 12" x 132"

Plank B: 13" x 120"

 

Abacus                                                                                                              | 2004

 

Dimensions

63'' x 36'' x 6''

 

Materials

Reclaimed Wood (Douglas Fir)

 

Made from the floorboards of a barn in Sonoma, CA, the wood is Douglas fir and old redwood. The "Abacus" is milled from the recycled under flooring of a foreclosed home in Silicon Valley (circa. 2003). The concept of making a giant Abacus from the "condemned" flooring of a home which fell victim to the Enron "futures " debacle literally sprang forth.

 

 

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   Dredge                                                                                                             | 2003 - 2004

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Dimensions
12'' x 31'' x 67''
 

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Materials

Rope

Resin

Reclaimed Lumber

Totemic Columns                                                                                         | 2003 - 2013

 

In 2002, Carter spent a summer in New Zealand and studied the art of the Maori people. His own multi-ethnic background had earlier drawn him to African-American and Native American wood carving traditions. A series of monumental carved columns incised with abstract animistic imagery in low relief was the result of this exploration.

 

This work was acquired for the re-opening of the $60Mil+ renovated Grand Rapids Arts Museum in Michigan for permanent display in the ground floor atrium. The GRAM is the first LEED certified museum in the world and Carter's extensive use of salvaged materials including reclaimed woods and found objects is a perfect fit. 

 

 

 

 

Materials

Wood

Enamel

Found Materials

 

 

Dimensions

8' x 16" diam

 Liquid Hour Glass                                                                                         | 1995

Materials
Found Frames
Gold Leaf
Existing Wall

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The Liquid Hour Glass was conceived with two classic glass water jugs, red wood timber, and columns from a dismantled water tower in Richmond, CA. The "liquid" is from my motorcycle and other vehicles. Richmond's coast is awash with oil refineries and great motorcycle roads. 

 

 
Christopher Carter