Christopher Bales



I have a soft spot for this sort of assemblage art where found objects are put together with apparently inconguous items to create something that plays on our unstoppable associative train of thought. I love it in 2D works and I love it in 3D. Making it must be extremely satisfying. Behind the scenes might be a bit weird though. I can just see the conversation in the flea market.

"How much for that doll head?"
"Uh, let’s see. Two fifty. It was my neighbor kid’s. It’s porcelain, you know."
"I’ll take it."
"OK. Mind if I ask what are you going to do with it?"
"Me? Oh, I’ll probably break to top of it off and dirty it up a bit."
"Really? Do I need to call the police here?"
"What? Why?"
"Well, I see you got a couple bags. One’s full of Jesus stuff and the other one’s full of skulls. Are we gonna have a problem?"
"No, no! I cut everything apart and make something new! If you like, I’ll invite you to my opening."

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