Christopher Page (b. 1984) was born and raised in London, UK. He attended Camberwell College of Art, Central St Martins, before received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2011.
Page’s focus is the complex interplay between the so-called ‘imaginary’ and ‘symbolic’ registers in architectural space. He now lives and works in Athens, Greece, so as to be embedded in the mass movement of people, and to think about this in view of a long history of dialectics between “east” and “west”.
By Chris Sharp
Playing on the anonymity of the hand, labor, light, the interior, issues of opacity, and support structures, Christopher Page has created a suite of quasi-site-specific paintings for Frances Reynolds’ residency in Rio de Janeiro.
For this group of works, Page has departed from the usual support of the canvas on a stretcher and is painting on surfaces specially devised from drywall mounted on metal studs which mimic the opaque, enclosed interior of the home.
The works themselves seeks to reflect and reveal the light of their environment, while hosting the shallow, trompe-l’oeil surfaces for which Page is known. In doing so, Page continues his interrogation of the fundaments of painting, such as the support, surface, opacity, illusion and depth, which he equates with the structure of the home, how it is fashioned by a myriad of anonymous and invisible gestures, and ultimately closed in.