PMW GALLERY


KLUMB, CHRISTOPHER

 


Temple #1
Wall sculpture
Painted wood construction
9 1/4 x 9 1/4"


Delta Formation #7
Painted wood construction
29 x 27"


Ascending Stair #35
Painted wood construction
11 x 12"


Temple #2
Wall sculpture
Painted wood construction
9 x 12"


Temple #5
Painted wood construction
13 x 15"


Voids 2
Dimensional Panel Painting
Construction
22 x 16"


Voids 4
Dimensional Panel Painting
Construction
22 x 15"


Voids 5
Dimensional Panel Painting
Construction
22 x 16"


Voids 7
Dimensional Panel Painting
Construction
24 x 16"


Artist's Statement:

Design has been the dominant activity for most years. Time for painting and constructions varied but always provided that needed contrast between solving client problems and the joy and freedom of creating without constraints. Now activity has moved to the other side... where painting and constructions are a primary focus.

Most works of a new series develop without a totally formulated plan or conscious control. Much of the joy is in the process and the discoveries that come with working. Each piece evolves with study and restudy. Many are worked upon, added to, accented, and changed over periods of weeks or even months. The choices are infinite and final directions are not always apparent, sometimes even elusive. When completion comes, it is primarily by feeling.

 

Review

The Darien Times, Thursday, September 9, 1999

Klumb Displaying 'Other Side.'
Christopher Klumb

"A Designer' s Other Side...Paintings and Constructions,'' an exhibition of the work of Darien resident Christopher Klumb, will open at the New Canaan Library's H. Pelham Curtis Gallery on Sunday, Sept. 12, and run through Oct. 18.

There will be a reception to which the public is invited from 3 to 5 p.m. on opening day.

Klumb is a graphic and industrial design consultant who has been making the transition from design to fine arts over the last number of years.

His work in architectural and environmental graphics, corporate identity and visual communications has been published extensively and has received design awards both here and abroad.

"Design has been the dominant activity for most years and although time for painting and constructions may have varied, it very importantly provided a needed contrast between solving client problems and the joy and freedom of creating without constraints," Klumb said.

The interest in working in both two and three dimensions is very much a part of Klumb's artwork.

Frequently alternating between painting and three dimensional constructions, the abstract expressionist paintings often deal with visions of other worlds while the dimensional works cover subjects and elements from our world as well as pure relationships in form, color, and texture.

The majority of works in the show are three-dimensional sculptures and created to be wall hung where lighting plays a role in accentuating the forms and floating the piece against its shadow.

Many follow a very distilled approach of "less is more" while others are more involved or playful.

Combining rough textures with smooth forms, old painted surfaces with new and carefully placed voids are strong elements in many of the works. Represented are pieces from the Facade, Ascending Stair, Orbital, Structure, Delta, Portal and the Temple series.

Klumb's artwork has received awards in various juried exhibitions throughout the area and last year the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport exhibited 13 of his sculptures in a show for first-place winners, titled "Connecticut Contemporary."

Curators for the show, which is presented by the Art Committee of the Friends of the New Canaan Library are Marion Zweerts and Lynn Bannister. For more information call the library at 203-801-2662.

 

 














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