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Artist Spotlight: Chris von Steiner

Artist Spotlight: Chris von Steiner


Von Steiner's mega-chromatic fantasies elide childhood dreams with something much darker.

Edibly beautiful, Chris von Steiner's colorful paintings, both vector and digital, repeatedly allude to the sweet menace that imperils innocence. Born in France in 1965, art director, graphic designer, writer, and digital artist Chris von Steiner (a.k.a. Christophe Austruy) currently lives in Brussels, Belgium. After several years of working in advertising in Paris, he has published two novels in France: Un panda dans l'escalier (H&O Editions/2001), Je veux te voir nu (H&O Editions/2002), and one in the USA : Switch, in Userlands (Akashic Books/2007), a collection assembled by Dennis Cooper for his "Little House on the Bowery" series.

Of his work he states, "I like the idea of people being confused about my works, and I have to admit that some of them are still like dreams to me: They hide in themselves their very own secrets and logic."

In his new series of works titled "I Wanna Be Adored," Chris von Steiner shares his view of these hidden dreams, sometimes in a quite self-referential way, including some themes and symbols taken from his previous series of works. The Black Fawn (Oslo, Norway) will the first space to host "I Wanna Be Adored," May 8 through 18.

For more work and more information, see his website and his Facebook page.

Naked_mirage_2015_0Naked Mirage, 2015, "I Wanna Be Adored" series

Blind_choices_2015_0Blind Choices, 2015, "I Wanna Be Adored" series

Original_sin_2015_0Original Sin, 2015, "I Wanna Be Adored" series

Strange_encounter_2015_0Strange Encounter, 2015, "I Wanna Be Adored" series

Inevitable_end_2015x633_0Inevitable End, 2015, "I Wanna Be Adored" series

Let_it_go_2014x633_0Let It Go, 2014, "Lost Objects of Desire" series

Both_2013x633_0Both, 2013, "Lost Objects of Desire" series

Cold_2013x633_0Cold, 2013, "Lost Objects of Desire" series

Fear_2014x633_0Fear, 2014, "Lost Objects of Desire" series

Together_2014x633_0Together, 2014, "Lost Objects of Desire" series

Born_again_2012x633_0Born Again, 2012, "Toy Stories" series

See_no_evil_2012x633_0See No Evil, 2012, "Toy Stories" series

Forgiveness_2012x633_0Forgiveness, 2012, "Toy Stories" series

Green_light_2012x633_0Green Light, 2012, "Toy Stories" series

Hooked_on_you_2012x633_0Hooked on You, 2012, "Toy Stories" series

Safe_sex_2012x633_0Safe Sex, 2012, "Toy Stories" series

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