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Superfine: The art of Colin Christian

"Gai'a" Colin Christian

If you were able to teleport yourself and materialize in an intersection that happened to be where “2001”, “Barbarella”, and “Beyond the Valley of the Dolls” met, you would be immediately confronted with a larger than life woman made entirely of silicone. Don’t fret, and don’t pull out your phaser; she means you no harm… you simply have arrived in the magical world of Colin Christian’s creations.

It was a balmy, sticky night in Miami the first time I was to make the acquaintance of one of Colin’s magnificent ladies. If you asked me now, I wouldn’t for the life of me be able to tell you her name, but I was bowled over by her sumptuous curves and her exaggerated proportions and immediately smitten to say the least. In town showing at Art Basel, the largest art fair in North America, I was on foreign ground, and behind these good women was a humble, gracious man who made me feel right at home. Needless to say, Colin and I have been friends since day 1.

Colin is a British transplant who grew up in the shadows of Stanley Kubrick and the smooth, spartan details of retro-futurism. His work is saturated with pop culture and drenched in sexuality. Straddling the line of fine art and design, Colin’s work is a commentary on all of the above. Whether they are adorning the stage of Kanye West’s last tour or occupying a spot in Nike CEO Mark Parker’s vaunted collection, they are right at home. His sculptures are rooted in the conventions of anime, and are akin to Murakami’s “Superflat” art movement which refers to the “flattening” of various forms of Japanese graphic art, pop culture, and fine art, for which he indeed does have an affinity. “The lines and shapes really make sense to me” Colin says, and they lend themselves in a greater way to marrying the form with function, as in the “furniture” of Allen Jones whose work is most notable for being the influence of the tables and chairs inside of the Korova Milkbar from “Clockwork Orange”. Incidentally, Christian will be introducing a line of furniture based on pollen and undersea life soon, which will bring an added dimension of functionality to his work.

A hopeful idealist, the women of Colin’s armada are the amalgams of the many beautiful icons that he grew up worshiping, sanded and painted to a shiny perfection to match the streamlined clothing and provocative space gear that adorn his ladies. Though one could dismiss the work as being too sexy or kitschy, these sculptures embody what it’s like to be a child, to see the world as a beautiful shiny egg to crack, one where sexuality, cooperation, and advancement are not hindered by closed mindedness or cynicism; basking in the embryonic glow of cinema and television has allowed Colin to create a 3-dimensional manifestation of how he sees, or hopes to see where technology, art, and science can take us. “As a species we must embrace technology in the right way, and leave this planet… When we leave our genitals will come with us, eventually spacesuits will get sexier.”

"Capsule (group)" Colin Christian

Colin’s self described “Futuristic Sexy Optimistic” art finds him embracing the evolution of his work and letting it grow and flourish in many ways, exploring his world beyond just his lovely ladies and allowing us to peek further inside his brain with every new piece. He is currently at work on a new show for the Opera Gallery in NY opening February ‘11 with his wife Sas, a gifted painter in her own right, you can see more of his (inter) stellarwork at:  www.colinchristian.com.

Excelsior! MB

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  15. Japanda says:

    Jen- his website is http://hotboxdesign.com

    Colin- What advice would you give to an up and coming artist? How did you and Sas do it? :) I would LOVE to show with you two some day!

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    It is things like that that make me angry that I am not wealthy. A shame… I am so in love with Colin’s artwork.

  17. Jen says:

    The URL to Colin’s website at the bottom of the article is linked incorrectly. Fixeroo!

  18. Jordan says:

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  19. Steve Nordquist says:

    BabyArt meets …some kind of discount at the Latex-by-the-barrel store. Silicone. And dyes and pigments. ….. Still, it’s a release from the tiny format of Japanese character figurines (typically of Anime or videogame characters) with their own tiny outfits, stockings, accessories etc. (and rather few velcro cheats!
    I think I’d throw down for a Roomba designed with a mind to maintaining technical fiber and protective suits, designed by this artist, is my impression. Medicine looks much nicer when the care for craft is effusive, but design really carries this function for the most hours of the day…unless one is pretty sick, I suppose.

  20. Hi! if you have any questions about the work I would be happy to answer them..And Thanks to Matthew Bone too,they don’t come much more talented or nicer than him….

  21. that’s beautiful artwork.

  22. laura sweet says:

    You can see more images of his bizarre capsules and art as well learn more about Colin Christian here:

    http://ifitshipitshere.blogspot.com/2010/04/pod-people-colin-christain.html

  23. Jonathan Day says:

    I saw some of Colin Christian’s work along with his wife’s when they had a show a few months back. I had never heard of him previously but I was writing an essay on the cyborg in art along with artists like Murakami and Mariko Mori so I thought I’d have a look at Christian’s work. Needlessly to say I was very impressed. It is easy to see how it would fit in with the Superflat movement but I think it has a western edge to it that comes in the form of punk rock spikes, latex and strange sexuality. All of the pieces I saw were really impacting and I could have sworn I was hypnotised by the gaze of his ladies. He’s one I’d like to watch definitely.