Sunday, May 3, 2009

Sunday shout-out: Christopher DeLange

"Biorganic", by Christopher DeLange

Portland-based artist Christopher DeLange draws, paints, sculpts, makes electronic music, photographs, and designs. Talk about multi-talented! 

His sculpture "biorganic", pictured above, will be in the New Beginnings re-use art show at the Re:Vision gallery at SCRAP, which opens this Saturday, May 9th. (Everyone welcome; more info here.)

Christopher, aka csdj, took a few moments to answer some questions about his work. 

How do you describe your art to people?
Often, I carry some work with me, so the question sometimes gets answered with a visual, but the short answer is "Surreal".
Who are your artistic influences?
Hans Bellmer, Salvador Dali, M.C. Escher, H.R. Giger, Robert Williams. 
Is there a story behind your sculpture "biorganic"?
When the piece was assembled for the first time, I was preparing my studio for an art show. There was a table [where] I had gathered assorted junk pieces and tools that were to be cleaned off and put away.  The art show was the following day, and I had a piece of wallspace that was still empty.  As I was going through the loose parts and junk I had a vision.  I began assembling some of the pieces on the table and that was what I came up with.  That piece has travelled from Charlotte, N.C., to Portland, and during the move, the piece got scratched pretty badly.   For the "New Beginnings" show at SCRAP, the piece was disassembled, repainted then reassembled. 

What's the creative process like for you?
I usually work in the mornings, and late at night.  In the morning, I have an hour long commute on the bus, so I am able to devote that time to my drawings. Most all the drawings I have done over the past couple of years have either been started, worked on or finished while on the bus.   I try to spend anywhere from 1 - 4 hours a day, seven days a week making art.

What are you working on now?
Currently, I am working on a series of drawings, building a coffee table and making electronic music. In June, I will be showing work in the Justice Center windows, so I am preparing for that as well.

Here are a few more of Christopher's artworks. Hop on over to for the full gallery.




Images courtesy of Christopher DeLange.


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