December 2, 2004 - January 8, 2005
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Chris Finley's new show, fluttersuckers, includes painting, drawing with collage, interactive sculpture, and digital printmaking. The title refers to the characteristics of moths - that flutter - and ticks that suck - and the characters of those in Finley's painted portraits. The abstract painting, Moths, is an interpretation of nine of President Bush's cabinet members including portraits of Vice President Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and Colin Powell. Converted by a computer program into a line drawing , the distorted shapes are transferred to canvas and painted in a three-color multi-toned composition. A smaller painting entitled The Tick is a reconstruction of a photo of Sam Walton, founder of Wal Mart, made using the same technique.
Finley's interactive installation consists of a pole with a sliding faux-rock form that goes up or down. Underneath the rock is a message instructing viewers to a website where they can enter personal information to be used as data for a future artwork. There is also a table-like sculpture with collaged pages from a children's book in which Finley has circled every word. On top of the panel sits a stuffed Sponge Bob toy covered by hundreds of whittled golf tee sculptures.
The show also includes a wall piece involving a puzzle to be solved by viewers (winners get a 'fluttersucker' - similar to the shrinky dink catfish in the piece).
Chris Finley received his BFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and is currently an adjunct porfessor at the San Francisco Art Institute. He was a 1999 SFMOMA SECA Award recipient. His work is in many public and private collections including SFMOMA, LACMA and MOCA.