Christopher Kent Schumaker – Inglewood – 11/15/2013

When I first met Chris Schumaker he was a sculptor. He also worked with pastel on paper and the imagery was very much about three-dimensional space. Nearly twenty years later, I stepped into his studio to find he is now an accomplished painter of fourteen years working from an extremely informed and intuitive position. We looked at his most recent body of work from 2013 and the mood is reflective, compassionate, and otherworldly. Figures appear and disappear. The images have a duality and there is a faulty mirroring process at work in the composition. No two sides of something are exactly the same. The surfaces are built up over time and yet possess a sense of immediacy mixed with patience.