February 2016-Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015

Shade Projects is proud to present the solo exhibition of Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015, in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid. This exhibition will showcase ten years of work and artistic development in Maker’s career bringing together his unique perspective and extensive background in city planning and architecture. When asked about his work Maker says, “My work is an exploration of people, the environment and the political state, with an interest of literal and figurative signs in cultural phenomenon, architecture and city planning.“ The artist is concerned with the ways these forces shape perceptions, social interactions and daily activities “in addition to working with allegory, philosophical narratives, personal anecdotes, and overarching themes such as man versus the environment to express these relationships,” states Maker. “Maker’s work presents an inimitable grasp of design, medium and subject while bringing together and exploring interesting ideas and concepts, says Shade Projects Curator, Nicole Royse.

Chris Maker was traditionally trained receiving his Bachelors of Fine Arts from University of Minnesota going on to receive a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the University of Cincinnati and receiving his Masters of Architecture from The Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Maker is a former member of the artist collective Eye Lounge and he has extensively exhibited his artwork across the nation most recently exhibiting with ASU Gammage Auditorium, Eye Lounge, Frontal Lobe Gallery and Mesa Contemporary Art Museum. His work has been features in publications both online and in print including Arizona Republic, Downtown Devil and Phoenix New Times. 

Please join us for the Opening Reception of Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015 on First Friday, February 5th from 6-10pm. The Closing Reception will be held on Friday, February 19th from 6-10pm featuring an intimate evening with the artist and an opportunity to hear the artist speak about his artwork and creative process. Chris Maker: People, Place and State 2005-2015 will be on display in Shade Gallery at the monOrchid from February 5th until February 28th, 2016.