I Make Alaskana Pop Art | INDIE ALASKA

I Make Alaskana Pop Art | INDIE ALASKA


My name is Christopher Sutliff, and I was born here in Anchorage, Alaska, and my work for the last couple years has been sort of pop-culture modern interpretation of Alaskana My favorite moment is the emotional impact that a person has upon seeing a work for the first time within the first second So I try to create things that are highly legible and engaging and carry a bit of a punch Some of my pieces, hopefully upon further investigation are rewarding because there’s minute details that convey greater context or story My apartment is affectionately my studio / office. It’s in the old McKay building, which was built before the 1964 earthquake and survived the quake I grew up with art that was really tourist oriented It was sort of like kitsch americana, and sort of the Alaskan version of that and I think that’s great. And so I’ve just tried to do a version of that that I think appeals to people who are a little bit more like me The work I’ve been doing for the last couple years has all been public art, and that’s deliberate I’ve chosen mediums that are integrated directly into people’s lives, like t-shirts, poster design, and murals, because to me the most interesting art is the art that is lived in the context of people’s lives This piece was a lot of fun because if you look at it, it’s sort of a massive abstract yin yang I’m a huge nerd, so I really like doing that sort of pop pulp sci-fi sort of indulgent fantasy work So I spent a couple of weeks working really aggressively on the design trying to get it rounded out in the way that I wanted it to be and then the actual install was kind of brutal. It was, we did 13 hours on a Wednesday, and then the next day we did another 10 hours of just painting straight, uninterrupted There’s a term in climbing called the crux right, and that’s the hardest move in a wall So if you’re trying to climb a wall, you’ll climb up to the hardest point and then you battle that point until you pass it and then you climb the rest of the wall and I think about that in art all the time that’s something that I’ve learned that, you really, if you see yourself as an artist, you don’t get to stop before you’ve passed that point A lot of what I do is really directly inspired by this place and I just think that we come from such a unique cultural and geographic and environmental – everything right? If you grow up in Alaska you grow up in one of the most beautiful places on the earth you grow up in an American city if you’re in, especially if you’re in Anchorage I once heard living in Anchorage described as like living on the moon and I’ve never lost that description, because it seems really apt to me people sort of like cycle in and cycle out

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