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 -
Work in Progress
Proposed for a 2016 Installation
Lillian Towers Chicago Sears Plaza
Thanksgiving Day Table | 2014
Various Metals and Bolts
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.
3' x 4' x 6"
Newton's Cradle #2 | 2013
Brunswick Bowling Balls
Base Frets and Strings
5' x 6'6'' x 8'
Discussion in White (Prototype) | 2012 - 2013
Photographed during Art Basel
Buena Vista Building, 2nd Floor
Design District, Miami, FL
Slides and Projector | 2012
4'' x 3'' Glass Slides
2 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."
Bronze Totems w/ Various Bases (Contemporary, Doric, Corinthian) | 2012
Materials: Cast Bronze, Found Welding Masks
Doric & Corinthian
Materials: Carved Cherry Wood, Paint
Windows of an Industrial Age | 2012
The Bronze Buoy | 2012
6' x 8' Various Materials
(Miami Shores, FL)
Tug boat rope
(Cast in Hialeah, FL)
Totem Pole | 2009
8' x 14'' diam
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
Plank A Plank B
Plank A: 12" x 132"
Plank B: 13" x 120"
Abacus | 2004
63'' x 36'' x 6''
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.
Dredge | 2003 - 2004
12'' x 31'' x 67''
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.
8' x 16" diam
Liquid Hour Glass | 1995
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.