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Artist Chris Walter brings work to Depot

Chris Walter will have his works on display through Aug. 31 at the Lamar Arts Depot Gallery. An opening reception for Artful Reflections will be held Friday, June 28, from 6-8 p.m. ’I’ve based my work on the exploration of Southern culture in an effort to better relate with my brethren,’ Walter said. ‘I use the Southern landscape as a stage for absurd narratives from my imagination and memory. This series of work was inspired by closely studying the beerfueled conversations and debates of my father and his friends. How anyone can sit around and argue about tractor tires for three hours is beyond me ‘“ which made me realize they probably feel the same way about art.’ He grew up in Barnesville, the son of Susan and the late Doug Walter. He is the husband of Ursula F. Walter, brother of David and Matthew Walter and the self-described ‘adopted son of Dr. Lee Woodall and Wesley Smith.’ ’In a presupposed world of my own creation I’ve appropriated personalities as fictitious characters in Southern history and tasked them with exploring contemporary art and ideas with the same passion,’ he said. ‘In my scenes they’re exploring anything from relational aesthetics to transcendentalism ‘“ with a rural twist. Perhaps they come to great truths about the meaning of life or perhaps they don’t figure out anything at all. Does it even matter? It’s in this conundrum I try to draw a tangent between the world of the Southern male and the contemporary art world as a whole.’ He studied at the Savannah College of Art and Design and received a bachelor’s degree in computer art. After working in the corporate world for a short stint, Walter obtained a master’s degree from Georgia State University in painting and fine art where he is now an adjunct professor. Walter’s paintings captivate the mind with their multifaceted complexity by using the Southern landscape as his own stage for absurdity and experimentation. Fascinated with the way people perceive the contemporary art world, Walter creates characters as surrogates of himself and people in his world to contemplate this awkward interaction. The self-proclaimed neo-Southern gothic pop surrealist aims to captivate the mind and consistently asks his audience, ‘What does it mean to be a Southern artist in today’s constantly changing post modernistic post 9-11 world?’ Depot hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and by appointment by calling 770-358-5888.

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