British artist born in 1948. Lives and works in London.
Chris Drury uses natural materials that he gathers in the places where he works to create sculptures and installations which are often monumental, sometimes ephemeral, and specific to the context and the site in which they are created. Through his works he confronts environmental issues as well as the relationship between humans and the earth. His artistic approach is inspired by the correlations and tensions between nature and culture, inner and outer, microcosm and macrocosm. His works bring starkly to light the universal geometry within nature, and in this way very subtly call to mind ideas like the Coriolis force or the Fibonacci sequence. For example, his wood or stone installations in the shape of a vortex seem to be influenced by the earth’s rotational axis. Additionally, Chris Drury creates organic prints on paper using mushroom spores, creating a series of prints of mushroom caps which look like scientific plates from antique textbooks. Through writing, he also reworks the shapes that come from satellite images or Antarctic echograms, thus revealing how much information that is encoded in nature still remains to be deciphered.
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