Today we’d like to introduce you to Chris Capoyianes.
Chris, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I’ve been developing my studio practice for a couple of years now since graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) in the spring of 2016. It’s been a strange trip since leaving school where I’ve met some high and low times. I’ve talked about Green Door on Voyage Chicago before, and that was definitely one of the good memories I get to keep with me. After that had ended, it’s just been focusing on the next thing. Just earlier this month I had the pleasure of being part of The Chicago Show, curated by Madeleine Mermall in Brooklyn. At the show Richard Hull and Sarah Canright gave a talk where they discussed the earlier art scene in Chicago. They brought up a few times the idea of a togetherness in Chicago, where showing the work of their colleagues was no strange idea. I loved that talk – it was magical. I’m also very interested in keeping that train of thought alive.
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I’ve been making paintings with oil paint, acrylic, and spray paint for some time now. Lately I’ve also been working on a ton of drawings. I write a lot in a notebook I often have near me and a lot of the notes have to do with recurring ideas I’ve kept with me while working behind a bar late nights in California last year. Also, I write a lot about superstition and my religious upbringing too. My work has a lot to do with all these things, intertwined together. I’m not a religious person but I very much believe in the impact religion does have on people, myself included. What I mean, for me at least, is that religion and all those characters I grew up with, they manifest themselves in many different ways – all in superstition. When you truly believe in good and bad luck, there is a fine line between fantasy and reality. What does superstition look like?
What do you know now that you wished you had learned earlier?
I think as artists were all in this alone or as together as we want to be. I’m in no position to give any excellent advice (laughs). Keep working?
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
My website www.chriscapoy.com is always a little behind, but that’s where you can see a lot of my work. Also, Instagram is a thing (laughs) it has kind of become my website number 2. I have a few paintings up in The Chicago Show, the group show in which I mentioned earlier. If you happen to be in Brooklyn, it’s at 56 Downing St. It’s full of excellent work. Also, here in Chicago, at Heaven Gallery in Wicker Park, I will have some work in a group show called The Smile Behind the Mask. It starts the 18th of May and runs for a month or so. Be sure to check it out!
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