Chris Shofner

www.chrisshofner.com

ART

Chris received his Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Art at the University of Cincinnati. His creative work has been screened/exhibited at the New Life Festival in Berlin, CoCA Annual in Seattle, ArtReview in London, Space Womb in New York, Project Gallery in Toronto, Simultan Festival in Romania, Festival NAA in Portugal, Living Arts of Tulsa, Koza Visual Culture and Arts Association in Istanbul, Public Space One in Iowa City, Non-Fiction Gallery in Savannah, Reed Gallery in Cincinnati, and the Illinois Institute of Art in Chicago among others.

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ARTIST STATEMENT

My goal is to achieve harmony by becoming more aware of how I interact with the world. I seek peace, privacy, and normalcy. It is this quest that manifests itself as my art. Like Marshall McLuhan I view media as an extension of man, though I tend to gravitate towards Neil Postman’s explanation of the medium as the metaphor. I believe just as Postman describes in his book Amusing Ourselves to Death, that “each medium, like language itself, makes possible a unique mode of discourse by providing a new orientation for thought, for expression, for sensibility.“

My work is typically digital or electronic in nature. It involves the identification and activation of the inherent elements of the media that stands to best serve the chosen message. This includes video, physical computing, photography, sound/music, performance and/or installation. My work is often a physical and emotional endurance challenge. It utilizes theories of persuasion, social influence, compliance gaining, cognitive dissonance, group think, deindividuation, privacy and identity to direct the experience. It often involves the appropriation of content (typically from social networking, video sharing, and online dating sites) in an attempt to rearrange our field of view. I ask my audience to question how and why we think and act (react). Are they comfortable and should they be?

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