Using sculpture, photography, printmaking, drawing and collage in tandem, works explores an autobiographical excavation of the self with interest in duality and fragmented storytelling.
Conceptually these mediums have been used to record history, but often that moment is just the surface, processes lead to unearthing the exteriors of time, covering a vulnerability or amending memory with footnotes.
Each piece possesses bits of life lived - a teetering of truths and lies, light versus dark, success and failures -presented as an amalgamation of memories, and experiences that we preserve/destroy, expose/cover, and eventually what reemerges, revealing both a lineage of masks and underlying layers of faces beneath.
Together these works create a portrait of what shapes us, while embodying the deluge of all that was forgotten or surplus to existence.
Christopher E. Manning (b. 1983, New York) has an MFA from SUNY New Paltz and a BFA from Manhattanville College.
Manning is the Exhibitions Manager at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, as well as a Professor of Visual Art at Manhattanville College. He has also taught at the College of New Rochelle, and has been a visiting critic at the Wassaic Project and SUNY New Paltz MFA and BFA programs.
His work has been exhibited at The Parlour Bushwick, BK; Garrison Art Center, NY; Exit Art, NY; Dorsky Curatorial Projects, LIC, NY; Central Booking, NY; The Impossible Project Lab, Berlin, Germany; Catskill Art Society, Livingston Manor, NY; Lift Trucks Projects, NY; Hillyer Art Space, DC; The Auction Project, Miami; Samuel Dorsky Museum, NY; Theo Ganz Studio, Beacon, NY; Ann Street Gallery, Newburgh, NY; Manhattanville College; Iona College; The Susan D. Goodman Collection, among others. He has been featured in The New York Times; The Queens Chronicle; Ain’t Bad Magazine; The Impossible Project; Scandale Project; Kolaj Magazine and Vellum Magazine.
The artist lives and works in North Salem, NY.