Cristopher Cichocki is an American artist who lives and works in the desert of Southern California’s Coachella Valley.
His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around the world in such institutions as the Museum of Image and Sound, São Paulo, Bienalle Urbana, Venice, Künstlerhaus Bethanien, Berlin, Casa França-Brasil, Rio de Janerio, Museum of Moving Image, New York, Portland Museum of Contemporary Art, Portland, Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, Artere-A, Guadalajara, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, MM Center Cinema, Zagreb, Croatia, The Institute of Mentalphysics, Joshua Tree, The Paseo Project, Taos (forthcoming)
Cichocki accents the symbiotic relationship between humankind, nature and industry. He encapsulates the cycle of decay and renewal through a hybrid intersection of art and biology. For decades the artist has immersed himself within the desert landscape, responding to the dynamic ecology of the region through interconnected works of: sculpture, painting, photography, video, performance, installation, sound, and architectural intervention. Extending upon the historical trajectory of Land Art, Cichocki describes his multi-faceted practice as New Earth Art, a title that signifies the increasingly toxic global environment confronting our planet in the new millennium. Extremities of environmental sustainability, land and water rights, seismic shifts, climate change, and biomimicry are some of the core elements that inform the artist's conceptual framework.
The application of “construction neon" in Cichocki’s palette signifies an urgency of hazard and awareness to the forever expanding and unfolding fusion between land and sea. These neon displacements are further amplified into suggestions of deep sea bioluminescence when exposed under the "ultraviolet radiation" of black light. This scope of environmental intervention offers reflections into the morphological timeline spanning from ancient oceans to present-day droughts.
Cichocki is also the founder and curator of Epicenter Projects, a site-specific, time-based artist residency established in 2014 alongside the San Andreas Fault Line. The San Andreas serves as an external studio of production, while also fueling a point of departure to address the shifting geology, ecology and environmental dynamics within the western desert.
Hometown: Coachella Valley, California