Posts Tagged ‘Christopher Rico’

Another Art Book Selection – Christopher Rico’s The Forest and the Sea

Monday, December 21st, 2009

During the holidays some people give books as gifts – table top books – the big books that cover some subject in a special way. Art books are often a choice. Of course art books are good for any time. And, in the last week or two I’ve mentioned the book, Brian Rutenberg: The Sensation of Place, the first ever major monograph on the artist’s paintings and drawings. The book is available now at the Gibbes Museum Store in Charleston, SC, and at Jerald Melberg Gallery in Charlotte, NC. Actually, I’m sure it’s available at or any other major book store.

Well, there is another book available about a Carolina artist – Christopher Rico from Clinton, SC – it’s The Forest and the Sea. This monograph chronicles the work of Rico during the first half of 2009. It focuses on a 24-hour installation of 11 paintings in an active construction site and is supported by a short film. The book also includes several short essays, a lengthy interview and dozens of photographs as well as blog excerpts from the artist’s studio blog. It is available at this link and I think from the artist at his website.


I made a blog entry about this installation, as I was there for part of it. I even took part in the production of the movie – I swept the path clear for a dolly and pushed and pulled that dolly a few times. I won’t be getting any work soon in Hollywood or even Bollywood, but it was interesting and fun being part of the production. You can find that entry at this link.


Christopher Rico writes one of the Carolina art blogs that I keep up with on a regular basis or as best I can. His blog is called Machinations of a Distracted Mind and he also has a website at ( I get some pretty good insights there on the life of an artist living in a small town in the Carolinas. It’s not uplifting at times as the reality is – it’s darn hard to make a living as an artist, much less in a small town in the South or just about anywhere.

Rico is scheduled to have an exhibit at the Saul Alexander Foundation Gallery, one of my favorite exhibit spaces in Charleston, SC, in April 2010. I’m looking forward to seeing his works hanging there.

But, if you’re looking for a last minute gift for the holidays or just an interesting art book – you might want to consider The Forest and the Sea.


Check out his work on his blog and website – if you like what you see – you may find the book an interesting addition to your art book collection. You might even find some work you want to buy. Rico won’t be opposed to anyone doing that – especially this time of the year.

Christopher Rico Exhibit Begins on First Fridays Event at Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, SC – Oct. 2, 2009

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Not too long ago I went to Clinton, SC, to witness a visual art event – a short site-specific installation – which was being photographed for a book and filmed at the same time. I did a blog entry of it on Aug. 27, 2009 – here’s a link to that blog entry.

Not long after that I got to see the first draft of the short film made that night. It was amazing to see how hours and hours of work edited down to a few minutes looked. You can also see that at this link, but I must warn you – it you have an old computer, it might not work, it you have a slow internet connection, it might not work and even for those who have a spiffy new computer and highspeed internet, you might want to turn the HD switch off.

The book will be called, The Forest and the Sea. Rico offers a read of the interview done for that book on his blog, Machinations of a Distracted Mind. Rico’s friend D. A. Adams did the interview which can be found at this link.

You can also see a preview of some of the works done for the show at Art & Light Gallery on Rico’s other blog found here.

St. Theresa #2

Of course if you are going to be in the area of Greenville, SC, on Oct. 2, 2009, you could go to the First Fridays event, which takes place from 6-9pm. Art & Light Gallery is located at 1211 Pendleton Street, (for you fans of Google Maps) in the Flatiron Studios of the Pendleton Street Art District of Greenville.

Now, with all these links you have just about everything Christopher Rico – except the article we’ll be running in our Oct. issue of Carolina Arts. But, why hold that back? Most of you readers don’t ever see a printed copy of the paper unless you view it on our website – where you can see every page of every issue dating back to Aug. 04.

So here’s the article:

Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, SC, Features Works by Christopher Rico

Art & Light Gallery in Greenville, SC, will present the exhibit, Christopher Rico – The St. Theresa Suite and Other Works, on view from Oct. 2 – 31, 2009.

Christopher Rico’s work has been exhibited nationally. He is part of corporate, public and private collections in locations throughout the Southeast. He has been a member of artists’ collectives from Memphis to Seattle to Texas. Rico has also designed professionally for the theatre, collaborated with modern dance companies and mounted ephemeral exhibitions in warehouses, construction sites and public outdoor settings. His work, while deeply tied to his materials, responds powerfully and uniquely to each environment it finds itself in and consistently creates a profound sense of encounter within the viewer.

“When people look at my work, I hope they ask themselves questions about my medium and my surfaces, because all of those choices are very specific and hold references to history or poetry or the body, and these references exist autonomously from whatever loose concept or abstracted narrative the painting may or may not have,” says Rico.  “I want people to bring their own interpretation, so their associations and relationships to these materials may be completely different from my own, but no less true.”

Rico adds, “I like to paint with my hands – without brushes – because I feel a real intimacy with the paint and surface that way. I think we make our own light in the world, our own meaningfulness. I’d rather people be concerned with this meaningfulness than worrying about objective meaning.”

The Art & Light Gallery is a fusion gallery/home accents boutique located in the heart of the Pendleton Street Arts District in Greenville.

For further information check our SC Commercial Gallery listings, call the gallery at 864/363-8172 or visit (

Another View on SC Arts Commission’s LINC

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

On Aug. 20, 2008, I posted a blog entry about the South Carolina Art Commission’s $100,000 grant to implement the Leveraging Investments in Creativity (LINC) program in South Carolina.

I’ll admit my comments were jaded and pessimistic, but they are based on my 20 plus years of experience in our art community and dealing or not dealing with the SC Art Commission. They have not given me much reason to be optimistic. I still have hope for a different kind of art community, but not to come from them. I can assure you, they feel the same about me. So be it.

That said, it doesn’t mean that has to be the same experience for everyone. I’m always telling artists to apply for their programs, because if they don’t – they have no right to complain when they give rewards to the people who do apply. I also ask these same artists to watch what the Arts Commission does – don’t just listen to what they say or write in a report. And watch who they do it with. What they say is not always what they do.

A fellow Carolina blogger, Christopher Rico, has offered on his blog, Machinations of a Distracted Mind, another view on the LINC program and his experience. ( It’s good reading for all artists.