Artist Statement of Christopher Paul Brown

Christopher Paul Brown identifies as an alchemist. He also sees himself as a primitive hunter-gatherer rather than a modern urban agrarian. Relying on serendipity and synchronicity in lieu of elaborate planning, he seeks to uncover the unconscious and dimensions beyond the familiar three. Brown’s career has also spanned experimental music and video. He completed a BA in Film in 1980 and his first solo photography show exhibited in 1985.

He describes his approach as Radical Play and he employs polar opposites such as intent/openness and obscure/reveal to allow paradox and invite the flow of alchemical energies while he works. His finished photographs, which often use in-camera and post-production manipulations, feel to him like found artifacts. Beyond the process of “finding” these images he defines his role as one of aesthetics in choosing which ones to present to the public.