Today we’d like to introduce you to Christopher Konopka.
Christopher, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Born and raised north of Boston within the boundaries of the Giles Corey’s estate. Growing up in this region, I was fascinated with historical patterns and first-hand documentation. Within this framework, I’ve found that every avenue I’ve decided to walk down, whether it be audio or video, always leads back to cataloging my own experiences of empathy by observing individualized personal histories. And it generally leads to the questions, how can I properly represent this moment in time and how can I make someone feel this exact emotion?
We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
Currently, my main focus is on generating one-of-a-kind visual textures with raw video signals using an analog video synthesizer system. Video signals can be layered, keyed and fed back into themselves as a way to paint with a television in real-time. Evolving organically, each design is an encapsulated moment of experience which is used to terraform new planes of understanding. Humans store the experience of time in their own unique format by compiling all of the internal and external senses as a memory. During the archival process of creating new memories, there is a significant amount of nuance that is discarded.
These free-floating threads of minutia hold the potential choice of mindfully engaging unaltered emotional abstractions through creating personal coincidental attachment. Often we are absorbed with many forms of emotional distractions that are not relevant to our internalized mission statements. We do not want to expose ourselves to the extremes of life created by curiosity and create subconscious barriers. When a person interacts with my work, I’m providing a suggestion to go beyond the limit of your curiosity. It is about creating an instance where a person can explore a contextualized reality by chance. It’s all grist for the mill.
How can artists connect with other artists?
Everyone is different and everyone has their own pattern to connect with other people. The best advice I can provide is to communicate, listen and be willing to compromise. You never know who will walk in the door. I think every human gets lonely in some facet and sometimes even just existing around others can be helpful when observing new forms of art.
Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
People can find my video work on a variety of digital platforms (Instagram/Vimeo/ello/Bandcamp) under the handle “cskonopka.” The best way to experience my work is in a live setting. Every performance is improvised and is styled based on the contrapuntal relationship of the music being created in real-time. New mediums are being prototyped for in-home consumption. Inquire if curious.
- Website: cskonopka.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: instagram.com/cskonopka
- Other: https://cskonopka.bandcamp.com
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