Christopher Romer’s wooden wall pieces were recently hailed as the “star of the show” by John Hazlehurst of the Colorado Springs Independent. Playfully navigating the intersection of fine art and builder’s craft, Romer’s new body of work shines even more brightly than his previous installation. Romer creates sculpture that, on one hand, recalls aspects of carpentry, and on the other, reveals the material’s natural source. Elements of Romer’s pieces evoke the colored enamel trim one might find around the apartment’s bathroom doorway or on mom’s old kitchen table. At the same time, the surface patinas of the pieces suggest patterns of animal skins, plumage, marbled stone or flesh. The construction, manipulation and surface treatment of these fabricated wooden forms creates singular and intensely autonomous wooden pieces, which are actually conceived to read more powerfully when encountered in groupings of their kin. The arrangements and ensuing rapport between the pieces and viewers produces a palpable resonance that is unmistakable. Romer explains, “In my work, these groupings come to life as abstracted landscapes or environments, ecosystems, and analogous corporal and strange worlds through and amongst which the viewer passes.”
Romer received his MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has studied at Dusseldorf Kunstakademie in Germany, Chelsea College of Art in London. Currently, Romer is on the faculty of the Sculpture Department at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has exhibited widely in the US and England, including Surface Tension: Sculpture by Christopher Romer at Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, IL and Timber on the Floor, Songbirds in the Rafters at Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts. Romer is also a two-time recipient of the Pollack-Krasner Foundation Grant as well as a Fulbright-Hays Fellowship and he has participated in residencies at Yaddo, MacDowell Colony, the Fine Arts Work Center, the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Sculpture Space amongst others. For more information on the artist please visit christopherromer.com.