Patrick Parrish Gallery is pleased to present Garden Party, the first solo show of New York and Medellín, Colombia based artist Chris Wolston. Wolston’s work explores cultures of materiality in the age of globalization by adapting traditional material practices—such as brick-making and sand-casting—to unusual contemporary applications. Inspired by the ubiquitous functionality found in pre-Columbian ceramic vessels, as well as banal indoor-outdoor plastic furniture, Wolston creates functional sculptures in uncharted material landscapes.
Garden Party presents a new collection of handmade terra-cotta furniture works, which can function simultaneously as garden planter and a seat for enjoying a cocktail next to the pool!
Chris Wolston is an artist who believes in the best of both worlds: he’s a man who divides his life between North and South America, between the past and the future and, more relevantly, between old methods of production and modern materials. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design, and a Fulbright grant to Colombia. Paramount to his studio practice is material exploration—discovering new material processes and recontextualizing old ones. Wolston’s work can be found in the permanent collections of the Museum of American Glass, and the Museo de Antioquia in Medellín, Colombia. He was recently profiled in T: The New York Times Style Magazine.