5th Annual Artist VIP List: Chris Vivas

In the artist’s quest to reconcile perception and reality, he has embarked on epic works that explore the pareidolia—the mind’s eye subscribing images that don’t exist (like a cloud taking the form of a rabbit). Unabashedly post-modern, pieces are rudimentary in nature, but do not expense the elegance of fragility. By eroding preconceived notions of weight and separation, Vivas plays on our biases, steering us adroitly to existential dilemmas. Often, the works are so intrinsically frail, they seem bigger than they are, domineering, and therefore bring our own frailties to the fore. Sponging his inspirations from earth’s far corners, the artist is developing a cosmic sensibility.