Christopher Kier: Totem

Christopher Kier, Totem Series, Study I, 2019

Totem is a new body of mixed-media works by Christopher Kier, opening at HEDGE Gallery on November 15. Kier’s encaustic paintings on canvas and frosted mylar will also incorporate wood elements and video, expanding the concept of the traditional indigenous “totem.” The Canadian artist has been perfecting the ancient art of encaustic painting, a process which involves combining hot wax with raw pigments. He brushes the tinted wax onto surfaces in repeated layers, building up rich textural surfaces, implying a sculptural presence. Kier explores suggestions through architectural motifs, urban detritus, and natural elements, and a new dialogue of possible totems begins to emerge.

Now living in Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood, this is Kier’s third exhibition at HEDGE Gallery.


Reception5–9pm Friday, November 15