Chris Bathgate

United States
In contrast to many of his contemporaries, Chris Bathgate’s use of metal is neither structural nor illusionistic. It does not refuse to transform the medium, and it does not play on the medium’s opposites, e.g. lightness from metal’s weight, or organic forms from its rigidity.
Bathgate’s process most closely resembles that of a machine builder or engineer. In the last two years, he has become increasingly involved in using mathematical techniques. This has allowed him to achieve the high degree of precision necessary for assembling such intricate works (these sculptures are not cast). The result is indeed a transformation-the pieces fit together in such a way that they cease to appear man-made, and yet in spite of this lack of bumpiness or personal touch emanate a presence that is unmistakable and engaging.

NT 554416312254
30"x24"x3" (wall mount)
Machined Aluminum, Stainless steel and Bronze
2012
My work is a combination of Abstract formalism combined with a logistics based approach to engineering and design. I utilize a cross discipline skill set (engineering, mechanics, chemistry, mathematics, and fine art) to better understand and amplify my own aesthetic.
SC 415522332
22"x6"x7" (wall mount)
Aluminum, Bronze, Copper, Stainless Steel
2011
My work is a combination of Abstract formalism combined with a logistics based approach to engineering and design. I utilize a cross discipline skill set (engineering, mechanics, chemistry, mathematics, and fine art) to better understand and amplify my own aesthetic.
ST 732232835563624434
18"x18"x7" (wall mount)
Aluminum, Brass, Bronze, Stainless Steel
2011
My work is a combination of Abstract formalism combined with a logistics based approach to engineering and design. I utilize a cross discipline skill set (engineering, mechanics, chemistry, mathematics, and fine art) to better understand and amplify my own aesthetic.