Focus on the Collection: Chris Curreri

Discover works recently acquired by the Canadian Photography Institute.

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016, gelatin silver print, 12.3 x 9.9 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chris Curreri. Photo: NGC

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016, gelatin silver print, 12.3 x 9.9 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chris Curreri. Photo: NGC

 

In his photographs, Chris Curreri confronts viewers with the intensity of the sensual experience. Focusing on the human body, he uses close-up views and poses that are both sculptural and malleable. 

Images from the Kiss Portfolio focus on men kissing, the frames filled with lips, tongues and facial hair. The contorted mouths and lips, pressed together, give off an obvious erotic charge. These images relate to clay sculptures by the artist — such as That, There It — which are also part of the National Gallery of Canada collection.

The photograph titled Seem features two faces reversed and placed against one another, within extremely tight framing. The eyes gaze out intensely from the hollow created by the noses and cheeks of interlocked heads. Curreri uses his camera to isolate a subject, taking advantage of his ability to both concentrate reality in considerable detail and lock it within the photographic frame.

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016, gelatin silver print, 12.3 x 9.9 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chris Curreri. Photo: NGC

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016

Chris Curreri, Untitled (from the Kiss Portfolio), 2016, gelatin silver print, 12.3 x 9.9 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chris Curreri. Photo: NGC

 

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Biography

Canadian artist Chris Curreri (Toronto, Canada, 1978–) works with film, sculpture and photography. He received his BFA in Photography from Ryerson University in 2002, and an MFA in Photography from Bard College in 2007. His work is premised on the idea that things in the world are not defined by essential properties, but rather by the actual relationships that we establish with them.  He often focuses on the human body - particularly the male nude - in both his photographs and his sculptures.

 
Chris Curreri, Seem, 2016

Chris Curreri, Seem, 2016, gelatin silver print, 50.8 x 40.1 cm, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa © Chris Curreri. Photo: NGC

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