Restarting the Engine of the Earth
We are pleased and excited to feature cover art and new media by Pennsylvania-bred and Los Angeles-based artist Christopher Kardambikis. His painting “Restarting the Engine of the Earth” is our background/cover art for this issue, and his animation “Atom Style Variation 1″ is a new media feature!
Exploring an absurd mythology for the future, my work pulls from a history of book production, science, science fiction, and cosmology. My drawings, prints, and artist books are characterized by my interest in using direction, layering, scale, and circular storytelling to depict a fractured view of a narrative system within which both formal gestures and stories can be generated. My process is one of pulling apart and separating individual elements before recombining and flattening information.
Christopher Kardambikis has been an artist-in-residence at the Art Students League, Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, and the Pittsburgh Center of the Arts. In 2015 he will be an artist-in-residence at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. Kardambikis received a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in 2005 and an MFA at the University of California, San Diego in 2012. He is currently making a new artist book every month experimenting with materials, process, and space.