About Chris Wagner
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By examining the
brain’s neural networks, Chris Wagner’s art takes this process to a molecular
level. Wagner is drawn to abstract
expressionism because it calls for an inward look at the artist, freed from form. That ethos is embodied in his
paintings, as his muse starts with an electron microscope image of our own
neural networks. Each of Wagner’s
pieces focuses in on these neural intersections in what he imagines to be a
source of anxiety or confusion. At
each synapse is a knot of fibers that bring about the perplexing and inhibiting
elements that are unique to each individual.
The works each begin on a bed of humanistic black, brown, yellow or red. Wagner then illustrates a neural intersection through the use of ten strings: a knot untied. The strings, charged with black and white energy, are unlocked and freed from the knot. The contrast in colors captures the moment of animation and the charges of production in all of us.
For Wagner, untying the knots in his own life produces beauty and understanding exhibited on canvas. He wishes his work imparts upon the observer an element of hope that, if they too have knots that are the cause of their anxiety, they can be worked through, untied and straightened out.