Leisure Time: An Exhibition by Christian Little
Sep 12, 2015 - Sep 25, 2015
Lᴇɪsᴜʀᴇ Tɪᴍᴇ, ᴀɴ Exʜɪʙɪᴛɪᴏɴ ʙʏ Cʜʀɪsᴛɪᴀɴ Lɪᴛᴛʟᴇ ɪɴ Tʜᴇ Vɪᴛᴀʟ Jᴏɪɴᴛ Gᴀʟʟᴇʀʏ ᴀᴛ Sɪʟᴇɴᴛ Bᴀʀɴ
Tɪᴛʟᴇ:Pᴏɪɴᴛ Pʀᴏᴅᴜᴄᴛɪᴏɴs are honored to release the second exhibition in their new venue and art gallery, Vɪᴛᴀʟ Jᴏɪɴᴛ, housed in The Silent Barn. Lᴇɪsᴜʀᴇ Tɪᴍᴇ, is a compilation of bodies of work by New York based artist, designer and Creative Director Cʜʀɪsᴛɪᴀɴ Lɪᴛᴛʟᴇ.
Little’s paintings examine a voyeur culture preoccupied with sex, body image, drama and the lives of others. Influenced by American class structure, painting processes, 1980’s “new media” culture, illustration, and design, Little uses trompe l’oeil and faux-finish decorative painting techniques rarely employed by contemporary artists to encourage a self-conscious artifice that allows objects and spaces embrace and resist their inherent lack of dimension. On a two dimensional surface, Little paints optical illusions with surreal, elegant textures.
His work is simultaneously erotic and sterile, stiff and fluid, analytic and absurd, representational and abstract, actual and artificial. It maintains a departure from perceived reality while giving the impression that it is mimicking tangible things and places. Like a set on daytime or reality TV, pornography or a commercial, his paintings allude to, yet are removed from, the “real world”.
Pʟᴇᴀsᴇ ᴊᴏɪɴ ᴜs:
A sᴏғᴛ ᴏᴘᴇɴɪɴɢ ᴅᴜʀɪɴɢ Tʜᴇ Sɪʟᴇɴᴛ Bᴀʀɴ’s Oᴘᴇɴ Hᴏᴜsᴇ, “Sɪʟᴇɴᴛ OH!,” Sᴇᴘᴛᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 12ᴛʜ ғʀᴏᴍ 2-6 ᴘᴍ.
A Cʟᴏsɪɴɢ ᴘᴀʀᴛʏ ᴏɴ Fʀɪᴅᴀʏ Sᴇᴘᴛᴇᴍʙᴇʀ 25ᴛʜ ғʀᴏᴍ 8-10 ᴘᴍ
Cʜʀɪsᴛɪᴀɴ Lɪᴛᴛʟᴇ is a New York based artist, designer and Creative Director. He received his MFA and BFA from SUNY New Paltz. Little is the former Creative Director of Elizabeth Dow, Ltd., a hand-painted wallcovering studio on the east end of Long Island. Clients included President Barack Obama (Oval Office, Sasha & Malia’s rooms, and the White House solarium), former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, fashion designer and musician Gwen Stefani, and romance novel cover model Fabio. His upbringing directly influences his work, being raised by working class artisans, his mother a decorative artist, painting trompe l’oeil murals and faux finishing furniture for old money and the nouveau riche; and his father a carpenter, woodworker and contractor for the same clientele.