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Most of my installations are structures and passageways to walk through. They become all-encompassing environments, engaging the space physically and the viewer psychologically. I build installations primarily from urban detritus such as found lumber, doors, window frames, household furniture and sheet metals. In some circumstances, I incorporate systems of neon, argon and colored incandescent lighting, recorded sounds and radio noise to enhance the perceptual experience

I develop concept drawings and Rhino 3D renderings for most installations. They visualize my intent for the particular work. They are often displayed with the installation.

 

LIMINAL SHIP II: INSTALLATION FOR THE MOBILE MUSEUM OF ART

A wall installation for the Rodning Gallery in the Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL. The installation is composed of re-purposed lumber, and suspended memory objects throughout the interior. The lighting scheme is neon and red LED lights. The exhibition opens December, 2018 and runs through November, 2019.

LIMINAL SHIP II, INSTALLATION, RODNING GALLERY, MOBILE ART MUSEUM, MOBILE, AL, 2018-2019

LIMINAL SHIP

Liminal Ship, a two-part installation at the Alexander Brest Museum and Gallery, Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL, 2018. The installation is designed to pass through a gallery wall.

From my exhibition Christopher Nitsche: Passage/Memory/Transition

LIMINAL SHIP, INSTALLATION FOR THE ALEXANDER BREST MUSEUM AND GALLERY, JACKSONVILLE UNIVERSITY, JACKSONVILLE, FL, 2018

AWAY

This installation is part of a group exhibition "Making Waves." The theme addressed pollution in the waterways around the Savannah, GA region. This outdoor work is comprised of a bare wood frame with a myriad of river detritus suspended throughout the ship frame interior. The exhibition is at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah, GA, 2018.

away (outdoor installation), lumber, wire, river detritus, 23'l x 8'h x 6'w, ships of the sea maritime museum, savannah, ga, 2018

GESTALT

An outdoor installation comprised of repurposed lumber.  Gestalt is 75' long and accessible inside through three openings.  Constructed at the Ships of the Sea Maritime Museum, Savannah, GA, 2016-2017.  The installation survived Hurricane Mathew without losing a stick of wood.

UNDERWAY

A two-part installation at the 621 Gallery in Tallahassee, FL, 2016. The installation, comprised of repurposed lumber, was designed to pass underneath a wall in the center of the gallery

CONCEPT DRAWINGS: UNDERWAY, PROPOSED INSTALLATION FOR THE 621 GALLERY, TALLAHASSEE, FL

UNDERWAY (PANORAMA VIEW),REPURPOSED LUMBER, EACH SECTION 17'L X 8'H X 8'W, 621 GALLERY, TALLAHASSEE, FL, 2016

RED INDIGO

The title is a contradiction. This installation is a continuation from "Memory Ship" at the Spartanburg Art Museum. The whole structure glows red from interior neon and LED lighting, and blue above from argon lights. Access to three hull side cutouts to interior spaces allows the viewer to witness aggregations of struggles, bathed in dense red light. Small cast ships are configured in enigmatic moments of contradictory associations.

RED INDIGO, LUMBER, FURNITURE, CAST GLASS, CAST PLASTIC, FOUND OBJECTS, LED, NEON AND ARGON LIGHTING, 9'H X 6'W X 20'L, INDIGO SKY COMMUNITY GALLERY, SAVANNAH, GA, 2015

MEMORY SHIP

The Memory Ship for the Spartanburg Art Museum is a culmination of discourses that my sculptures and installations have established. The ship installation is absurdly oriented in the space, piercing the interior gallery walls. It has an aged appearance with the amalgamation of found lumber. It imposes dramatically on the space. Viewers are allowed visual access to the interior through seven cutouts in the hull. The interior spaces set up fugitive episodes I call memories, composed of small cast ships and found objects.

CONCEPT DRAWING: MEMORY SHIP, PROPOSED INSTALLATION FOR THE SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM, SPARTANBURG, SC

MEMORY SHIP (EXTERIOR VIEW), Lumber, FURNITURE, FOUND OBJECTS, CAST GLASS, CAST PLASTIC, LED LIGHTING, 10’H x 8’W x 50’L, SPARTANBURG ART MUSEUM. SPARTANBURG, SC, 2014

LA LUZ

Spanish for "The Light," this installation was installed for ScuptFest at the Sculpture Studio and Carving Center. It is a ship bow rising from the ground, composed of found window frames. By day it has a striking effect. At night, a lighting system comes on that displays an etherial glow.

LA LUZ (Night), Lumber, Windows, Incandescent Lighting, 11’H x 8’W x 17’L, Carving Studio and Sculpture Center, West Rutland, VT, 2005

VINDAUGA

Old Norse meaning "Wind Eye," this two-part installation was built at Bridgewater State College (now university). The structure is made up of over 100 found window frames, composed as two ship bows pulling apart. The interior of one structure was lit red, the other blue.

VINDAUGA, Windows, Lumber, Incandescent Lighting, 48’L x 11’H x 8’W, Maxwell Library, Bridgewater State UNIVERSITY, Bridgewater, MA, 2005

RELEASE

This was a perfomed installation on the first anniversary of 9/11. I asked the Keene State College community to write rememberances and wishes about the tragic event on small note paper. These were scrolled up and placed in four cast paper ships. The ships were set on fire and floated on a campus pond. The thoughts were sent out to the world.

RELEASE: Cast Paper, Scrolled Messages, Fire, Tether, 4 Boats, EACH 38”L x 9”W x 8”H, Keene State College, Keene, NH, 2002

REFLECTIVE

This installation was constructed at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The school where Mathew Shepard attended, and the city where he was killed. The V-formed structure allowed one to walk the path of childhood to the place where the space becomes dark psychologically, the mental place where someone can commit a heinous act

REFLECTIVE (Exterior View), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Clothing, Incandescent Lighting, 40’L x 34’W x 16’H, University of Wyoming Art Museum, Laramie, WY, 2001

31 DEGREES NORTH OF EAST

This installation was constructed less than two months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. It is comprised of a crashing stern and a rising bow. The title is the compass direction from Denton, TX to Manhattan, NY.

31 DEGREES NORTH OF EAST Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal,121’ Total Length, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX, 2001

CONFLUENCE

CONFLUENCE Painted Lumber, Suspended Sculpture, 27’W x 35’L, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts, Fort Collins, CO, 2001

WOTAN (WITHERING)

WOTAN (WITHERING), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Neon, Incandescent Lighting,26’L x 23’W x 11’H, Emmanuel Gallery, Denver, CO, 2000

WOTAN (RISE)

This installation was constructed in response to the Columbine High School shooting in Littleton, CO.

WOTAN (RISE) Lumber, Fd. Objects, 35’L x 17’H x 12’W, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, CO, 1999

NAVIGARE (FLASH)

This installation was constructed in response to a devastating flash flood that impacted Fort Collins, CO.

NAVIGARE: FLASH (Exterior View), Lumber, Found Objects, Sheet Metal, Neon, Incandescent Lighting, 50'L x 23'W x 10' 3"H, Fort Collins Museum of Contemporary Arts, Fort Collins, CO, 1999

SHIPS SHADOW

SHIPS SHADOW, Painted Lumber, 25'L x 9'H x 6’ 6”'W, Philip J. Steele Gallery, Denver, CO, 1998

SHIPS WAKE

SHIPS WAKE, lumber, Mirrors, Neon Lighting, 50'L x 8'H x 12'W, Edge Art Gallery, Denver, CO, 1997

METAPHYESTHAI

METAPHYESTHAI, Lumber, Found Objects, Sound, 55'L (total length) x 10'H x 20'W, Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, Arvada, CO, 1996

 


       
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

 

   
     
     
     
   

 

     
     
   

 

     
     
     
     
   

 

   

 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
Chris Nitsche | Savannah GA | 912-323-6527 | chrisnitsche@att.net