Chris Kannen is an artist in Denver, Colorado. His current work is based on observation of the local Colorado landscape.
Prior to living in Denver, Chris was inspired by visits to more extreme natural environments, most notably Antarctica, where he was afforded two months in the McMurdo Dry Valleys through the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artist & Writer Program. This residency resulted in paintings and a forthcoming photo book available late 2018.
An artist book of watercolor paintings made from observation around the Colorado Front Range is also in the works. Check back for updates!
This site is updated a few times a year. Here are a few words about the current work:
What Came First is a group of six acrylic and oil paintings on canvas made from the observation of an egg on a granite countertop. This simple still-life set-up veered off course into deep time. An oblate spheroid, our evolutionary egg floating in "space" with moisture building, proteins folding and beings emerging, etched in the rocks, embedded in spacetime.
Six Views of Bear Peak is a group of large-ish watercolor paintings on paper. Bear Peak is a prominent local mountain in Boulder, Colorado. I'm trying to form a connection with this mountain. These paintings depict the mountain from three locations: facing west toward the mountain from the front seat of a car on a gravel shoulder off South Cherryvale Road outside Boulder; from a second gravel shoulder on the west side of CO-93 south of Eldorado Canyon; and from a picnic table at Walker Ranch, facing back east.
For a larger archive of work, please contact me using the form below.
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born 1977 in Cleveland, OH
based in Denver, CO
- MFA, Hunter College, New York, NY, 2001
- BFA, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 1999
- Antarctic Artist and Writer Award, U.S. National Science Foundation, 2008
- Artist In Residence, Samband Islenskra Myndlistarmanna, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2004
- Graf Travel Grant, Hunter College Art Department, 2001
- New Artwork from Antarctica, Studio D Gallery, University of Dayton, OH, 2008
- After the Arctic, PH Gallery, New York, NY, 2005
- Christopher Kannen, B. Deemer Gallery, Louisville, KY, 2000
- Journeys: Travel Photography, Black Box Gallery, Portland, OR (juried by artist Ethan Jackson) (catalogue), 2013
- screening, H20 Film on Water, Emory University Visual Arts Building, Atlanta, GA, 2012
- H2O Film on Water, Newport Mill, Newport, NH (juried by Denise Markonish, curator, MassMOCA, North Adams, MA), 2012
- Topos, Maynard Art Center, Maynard, MA, 2009
- Sasquatch Society, Sixtyseven Gallery, New York, NY, 2005
- Chris Kannen, Eric Torborg, PH Gallery, New York, NY, 2004
- Sojourn, PH Gallery, New York, NY, 2003
- Carefully Drawn, Storefront 1838, New York, NY, 2002
- Alumni Exhibition, Rike Center Gallery, Dayton, OH, 2001
- Art Department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO, 2013
- Art and Environment program, School of Art and Design, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2012
- Northern Essex Community College, Haverhill, MA, 2009
- West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV, 2009
- Department of Visual Arts, University of Dayton, Dayton, OH, 2008
- public interview, “Where Have You Been? with Jeff Stark,” Bluestockings Books, New York, NY, 2008
- artist talk, Robert Gober studio, New York, NY, 2008
- artist talk, Design Trust for Public Space, New York, NY, 2008
- artist talk, Sunday Science Lecture Series, McMurdo Station, Antarctica, 2008
PUBLICATIONS AS AUTHOR
- “Whatever Moves or Makes Noise,” ARID Journal, Spring/Summer 2013, Volume 2, Issue 1.
- Artist Blog, “Parhelion Pemmican Pack Ice Pancake”, December 19, 2007—April 1, 2009.
- Alan Taylor, “Recent Scenes from Antarctica”, In Focus, The Atlantic, March 4, 2011.
- Ransom Riggs, “Vacation to Mars: Antarctica’s Dry Valleys”, mental_floss, February 3, 2010.
- James Wagner, “Sasquatch Society at Sixtyseven,” jameswagner.com, August 28, 2005, 7:05 PM.
- Ken Johnson, “Art Guide,” The New York Times, September 12, 19, 2003.