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Art making is a way to make sense of the millions of tangential streams of information that are encountered daily. I begin by using small drawings and/or collages as a visual reference, enlarging them onto the picture plane using paint or graphite. During repeated periods of improvisation, I add, subtract, rotate, and transform the composition until a balance of visual organization and narrative meaning is achieved. Like a jazz musician who improvises with multiple layers of sound in a recording studio, I try to keep an open mind. This practice has led to new collage-minded construction techniques, large-scale drawings, and deeper confidence in the use of intuition and automatism to pull out meaningful and cathartic images.
Chris Janzen is a visual artist, guitarist, and composer. His multimedia projects and oil paintings have been exhibited throughout the US including west coast institutions such as the Contemporary Jewish Museum, Alphonse Berber Gallery, Electric Works, Fresno Art Museum, and Arte Americas. Janzen is Assistant Professor of Art and Adjunct Professor of Music at Fresno Pacific University where he teaches painting, drawing, 2D / 3D Design, and jazz guitar. He is a member of Fig Tree Gallery