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Chris Beauregard

Pittsburgh Center for the Arts

TEMPORARY STATEMENT

I find myself spending a lot of time thinking about the same films. I occasionally watch them too, but I am always carrying them around with me. Sometimes I bring them into my studio.

 

I want to re-watch these films through the objects that I make, to get as close as I can to the margins of the screen, and make things there. And as those things point to each other and back to the screen, they become an assemblage of themes. A network of contexts and attachments. Gialo and Italian Slasher films, Italian Fascism, and psychic healing merge to tell a single history. Partly the narrative experience is about the group identity of the Cult film audience and partly it is about the stories that my grandmother told of growing up in Italy during World War Two. I want the objects that I make to wonder aloud, to meditate on violence -mediated and real- and the role of film as a mechanism for healing.

My studio practice is central to learning how these themes and interests coalesce. I want to anthropomorphize the materials that find their way into my studio. Materials that force my hand, that push back and set up limitations in which to work. Materials that can instruct - that tell me how an object should be made - materials that reveal their process. Sometimes a material chooses its own form; pigmented glues, plaster, epoxies. Liquids that change state, become rigid and can hold a shape. I choose materials that talk back, that surprise and inform.

ARTIST BIO

Through oblique nods to genre film tropes, cult audiences and political unrest, Chris Beauregard creates objects that join our desire for collective narratives with a participatory fandom at the edges of cinema. He holds a BFA in Sculpture from the Virginia Commonwealth University, and an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University. His 2012 solo exhibition at the Pittsburgh Centre for the Arts grew out of a love for the Gialo films of Italian directors such as Dario Argento and Mario Bava, whose fragmented images of violence and style reflect a desire to explore a history marked by fascism and war. Taken as a whole, this exhibition evoked and intertwined the disparate themes of Italian Futurism, Gialo and Cult Cinema. Chris is currently located in London, England.