A child of the 80s, Chris’ world was often completely flooded with the imagery and ideas presented by his television, his comic books, and the music and movies of the time. Immersed in these various mediums, Chris began to store the images brought forward though these everyday experiences in what he refers to as a “mental journal”. This journal was a haven of his thoughts that he could refer back to whenever necessary. Chris’ paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche’s cache. This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. Chris’ works frequently reveal everyday musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice. These images also aid Chris in the creation of a visual language comprised of his own iconographic imagery. Through the repetition of this imagery, Chris strives to familiarize his viewers with the language he has constructed. Chris believes that the notions within his pieces serve as a backbone to the many stories created by the onlooker when he or she is viewing the work.
In 2001 Chris set in motion RobotsWillKill.com. Robots Will Kill is an arts site dedicated to community and exposure for artists/media often disregarded by the mainstream art world. Rather than featuring his own work exclusively, he opened it up to allow the possibility for it to become whatever it evolved into being. RWK has a core group of artists, those artists are Chris, Kev/Psyn, Veng and Over Under. Along with overseas affiliates ECB (Germany), Peeta (Italy), Flying Fortress (Germany) and JesseRobot (Belgium). This extended roster of artists helps to promote RWK as we push the boundaries of art.
Bio: Acool55 is a New York street artist.
He has begun wheat pasting his art on the walls of different cities in the US, UK and Italy in the Spring of 2016. He is an environmentalist and an advocate. Most of his street art is meant to carry a message about the environment and different social causes. He was part of the Plastiki expedition. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
The ‘R.I.P.’ Series This triptych is part of a collection titled: Portraits of Change. The focus is on the lack of clean air, water, dying species and, generally speaking, all the hardships our planet is experiencing.
Also part of the ‘Portraits of Change’ collection, this triptych carries two distinct messages. One is an invitation to re-purpose and recycle our garbage in inventive and creative ways (all materials used in the images are re-purposed). The second message wants to stress that, due to overpopulation and the lack of proper disposal of our garbage, we will end being overwhelmed and suffocated by our own waste.
These images are a collaboration with my friend, artist Monica Coppola. The talent is
Adriena Krzeminska and she donated her time for this project. I’m very grateful to both.
R.I.P. FISH, Baby Turtle and OCTOPLASTIC This is a series focused on what happens to life under water, how marine life is under tremendous stress. In 2010 I was part of the PLASTIKI Expedition which I documented from the beginning. We crossed the Pacific and we saw first hand how abysmal the situation was. The other day I took my young son to see ‘Finding Dory’ and I realized that, in his mind, that would be the rosy picture of life under water. It reinforced my decision to work on the reality of marine life.
Baby Turtle is my first G.M.H. Genetically Modified Human. The idea is that we have lost the race to save the planet, hence, we might as well genetically modify humans to adapt to climate change catastrophes.