Discipline: Visual Art – installation

Chris Sollars

Discipline: Visual Art – installation
Region: San Francisco, CA
MacDowell Fellowships: 2022

Artist Chris Sollars subverts public space through absurd performance interventions. Since 1996, he has worked in the street to have immediate interaction with a public audience and to collect society’s detritus, trash, and artifacts for sculptures. The results are documented using photography, sculpture, and video that are integrated into mixed-media installations that are often comedic. Sollars is an associate professor in sculpture at Mills College in Oakland, CA. Select exhibitions of his work include Creative Time’s “Democracy in America;” “Hoof & Foot” at Manetti Shrem Museum of Art; and the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco.

At MacDowell, field recordings were the basis for bringing together lyrics, collage drawings, sculpture, and videos to express social, environmental, and political discontent into a more integrated practice that shows how these aren’t standalone issues, but deeply connected.



Chris Sollars worked in the Heinz studio.

The icehouse, built of fieldstone in 1914–1915, was a practical part of Marian MacDowell’s plan for a self-sufficient farm. Winter ice cut from a nearby pond was stored here for summer use on the property. Idle since 1940, it was a handsome but outdated farm building. In 1995, Mrs. Drue Heinz, a vice chairman…

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