Sim[plex]cities

Meet the Artist: Sim[plex]cities | Chris Hoot

Saturday, August 28

Three G Gallery | 2-4 p.m.

Visit anytime between 2-4 p.m. in the Three G gallery to meet Chris Hoot, the maker of the “Sim[plex]cities” exhibition. Feel free to chat with Chris and ask questions about his artistic process as you explore the show. Works in “Sim[plex]cities” are inspired by music and architecture’s relationship to art and design.

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THREE G GALLERY

Chris Hoot’s Sim[plex]cities: Digital Constructs, Visual Music, Liquid Landscapes showcases the artist’s explorations in layering digital photography, graphics, and marbling techniques to produce abstract landscapes, cityscapes, and soundscapes. The works in the exhibition rely on the process of multiplying techniques using searching, researching, analyzing, finding, fragmenting, combining, discovering, and synthesizing. Hoot’s experimental compositions take place on a variety of materials, including paper and canvas. 


Artist Statement

Works in the Sim(plex)cities exhibition were inspired by music and its relationship to architecture, art and design. These works parallel philosopher and colorist Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s observations that “Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music.” In combining digital photo-collages and structural vector graphics (printed onto archival paper) with layers of experimental marbling techniques, the work focuses on the interplay between the fluid, marbled paint and the abstract architectonic elements, forms, and spaces. The seemingly random encounters between printed geometric structures and layers of paint are planned during the digital constructs or concept phase. Movement, rhythm, scale, proportion, and interval, along with color and gesture choices, are considered early in the process. However, there is an expected, random nature to the process with serendipitous encounters at every level which allows the system to be both intriguing and satisfying. When layers interrelate and accentuate each other a certain level of synthesis is achieved, unifying the work and enabling various aspects of music to become visible.


Christopher Hoot studied art and design (and psychology) at Indiana University (BA) and minored in printmaking. After working in Miami as the graphic artist for Burdines Department Stores (28 throughout Florida), he attended the Yale School of Art MFA program in graphic design where he also studied drawing and painting, printmaking, and sculpture. He teaches art and design at the Myers School of Art at the University of Akron and is currently Coordinator of Foundations 2D Design and the B.A. Studio Art Program. His current creative research combines digital photography and graphics with marbling techniques, producing multiple layered abstract landscapes, cityscapes and soundscapes on paper, canvas and other materials.

If you are interested in purchasing any artwork from this exhibition please contact Natalie Grieshammer at natalie@summitartspace.org. 

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1

Lose Yourself to Dance
Digital print onto archival canvas and mounted to wood board
$225
15″ x 15″

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2

Chromatic Soundspace
Digital print onto archival canvas and mounted to wood board
$775
48″ x 16″

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3

Architectonic 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$475
18″ x 18″

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4

City Nightscape 
Digital print onto archival paper and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$1125
41″ x 11″

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5

Fugue in Orange and Blue 
Digital print onto archival paper and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$1800
41″ x 17.5″

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6

Summer in the City 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$625
15.75″ x 15.75″

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7

Swimming Upstream 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$1625
15.5″ x 42″

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8

Theatre of Conflict
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$850
46.875″ x 11.875″

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9

Ocean Glow 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$525
17.75″ x 11.75″

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10

Look at the Signs
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$1150
48″ x 16″

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11

Chrono-Synclastic Infundibulum 
Digital print onto archival paper and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$1000
19″ x 34.75″

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12

Pyramidal Strings 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$925
41.25″ x 15″

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13

On the Sunlight 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$575
19.125″ x 19.125″

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14
(Viewable in person only)

Sim(plex)cities: Artist statement, photographs of related works and experimental videos 
Compiled in iMovie
NFS

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15

Daydreaming 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$700
15.25″ x 31.125″

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16

Space Invader
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$1450
34″ x 17″

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17

Resonance 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$800
18″ x 18″

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18

Photosynthetics
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$500
18″ x 18″

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19

Desert Fire 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board. Art resin was added on top
$675
20.5″ x 13.25″

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20

Organic Rhythm 
Digital print onto archival paper marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint. Digital laser cut layer added and overall surface covered with Art Resin
$650
17.625″ x 14.25″

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21

Visual Constructs Light Modulator 
3 Laser cut sheets of acrylic equally spaced within wooden frame
$1200
20″ x 29.5″ x 2.5″

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22

Formation of Light 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$450
19.25″ x 19.25″

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23

Movement in Language Constructs
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint and mounted to wood board
$1225
48″ x 17″

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24

Player Piano 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint with assemblaged pieces
$150
10″ x 10″

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25

Falling into Place 
Digital print onto archival canvas and marbled with layers of Golden acrylic paint with assemblaged pieces
$150
10″ x 10″

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 Photography by Bradley Hart, Summit Artspace resident artist. For more information www.bradleyhart.com.

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