Christopher Mir
American, born 1970

In a world saturated with advertising and digital technology, Christopher Mir circumvents the deeply rooted imagery of the media through his primal, idealized dreamscapes. Mir’s paintings depict a metaphysical landscape where mythic, archetypal creatures (goddesses, cavemen, heroines, and spirit animals) combine with futuristic buildings and machinery, pulled from his daily sourced collection of images clipped from Google, magazines, calendars, and original reference photographs. Mir presents bizarre relationships in fantastic, unexpected circumstances, described to contain such dichotomies as the “mystical versus the physical, the spiritual versus the secular, and the primal versus the futuristic.” Even in his process, Mir juxtaposes the abstract with the controlled; his original methods involved digital collages of reference images that he projects and traces onto his canvas, …

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