The Future Perfect is thrilled to announce the opening of “Temperature’s Rising”, an exhibition of new works from Chris Wolston. Temperature’s Rising is a meditation on escapism and fantasy. This body of work examines the relationships between people and nature; the relevance of place and its effect on the availability of materials; the topography of mountainous regions and the implied forms thereof. With new work that represents a conceptual departure while remaining firmly within Wolston’s confident aesthetic vocabulary, Temperature’s Rising showcases the artist’s continued exploration of materiality and abstraction.
“I have been thinking a lot about escapism and fantasy. Recently, I was stranded in New York for a period of time, when Colombia closed its borders. I later retreated to my original home in New England, where I found myself surrounded by nature, albeit a different type of nature than in Colombia. I began thinking about the implications of these ‘escapes’ – the relationships between people and nature; the relevance of place and its effect on the availability of materials; the topography of mountainous regions, and the implied forms thereof.
I began to inhabit a transcendental perspective. One that is both juxtaposed and in keeping with a globally shared sensation of apocalypse. These simultaneous feelings of uncertainty and solace began to manifest in my work, as an exploration of landscape. Having exchanged a subtropical for a humid continental climate, I started to see a line between the two, not dissimilar to the contour of a mountain. Diverging from tropical motifs and figurative gestures, my work now harkens back to an old-world materiality that incorporates bronze and painted copper, while also introducing a new language of fine luxury materials like fur panes, sewn with scraps of discarded off-cuts from the couture apparel industry.
This work is meant to document the relationship between the body and its environment as interchangeable texts. The landscape proposed by this work is both imaginary and real. It is a sort of formal recycling – I am repurposing the fundamental contours of bodies and mountains, in order to suggest their interconnectedness. Through my range of material gestures, I mean to make tangible the reality of escapism.”
Featuring new permutations of Wolston’s acclaimed Nalgona series, Temperature’s Rising is now on view at Casa LA. Book your appointment to view this incredible body of work today.