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Christopher Lux


LOS ANGELES

Text by John White
and Chris Lux


Where are you from?

I’m from San Francisco. I was born and raised here. My family heritage is a mix of different parts of Europe, my mother is half-Italian.
What was the vibe in San Fransisco?

After the earthquake in ‘89, the city was playground. There were tents everywhere, abandoned buildings, places for skateboarding, like abandoned freeways.



Detail of The Star Husbands, 2014


I really respond to the work of artists like Bob Thompson, Jacob Lawrence and Jan Müller.

What are your greatest influences?

The difference with a lot of that 1990’s work, was that it was influenced by things outside of art, like graffiti, punk, train hopping, hobo stuff, et cetera... very anti “high” art . Whereas I was primarily influenced by art history as basis for my own work. I don’t know, I was into copying other pieces of art from the past. I still am, I think.


Detail of The Rolling Heads, 2014


Which ones more than others?

I really respond to the work of artists like Bob Thompson, Jacob Lawrence and Jan Müller. And other artists who mixed graphic, flat elements with loose painterly brush strokes in figurative paintings.

In sculpture, I am much more loose and I like the work of Ruby Neri, Rebecca Warren and Josephine Meckseper.
What are your plans, now?

My immediate plans after I’m done with shows at the end of the year is to take a week off.



Mark