Christopher Astley’s cast sculptures are made by pouring concrete into various containers - bags, boxes, or purses - that he finds, makes, or alters. Once poured, the wet concrete causes the vessels’ material to sag, pull, and distort, creating doughy folds that bulge like skin. Strangely figural and almost sensual despite their utilitarian and industrial origin, Astley’s works are studies in rescinding control as an artist, in letting gravity and chance form each work.
Christopher Astley was born and grew up in East Lansing, MI and received his BGS degree from The University of Michigan. Now based in New York, NY Astley’s work has been included in exhibitions at: Bravin Lee Programs, New York, NY; Salomon Contemporary, East Hampton, NY ; Michael Steinberg Fine Arts, New York, NY; Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts, New York NY; Lowe Art Museum, University of Miami, Coral Gables, FL; Fisher Gallery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA; H&R Block Artspace at Kansas City Art Institute, Kansas City, MO; Contemporary Art Museum, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL.
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