West Town, Chicago
As an architect-turned-artist, Christophe Gausparro works in a variety of mediums with a focus on site-specific, spatially-integrated art installations. Interjecting subtle narratives into layered creations, his recent work is fueled by the concept of 'the ancient future’ utilizing salvaged materials. Christophe explores the ever-changing dialogue between rustic and modern, striving to find balance between the two. Within his current design studio, he creates unique interiors, window displays, public art, and commissioned work for various personal and corporate clients.
Q What does it mean to you to be an artist in Chicago?
"Working in a large city situated in a relatively conservative part of the country, artists in Chicago have a unique platform to experiment and really change opinions on what art is and can be."
Q What makes Chicago’s art scene special?
"Now considered by many to be a true cultural Mecca, Chicago still remains accessible and affordable for its sustainable creative community. This energy fosters collaboration between artists and with the larger business community. "
Q How do you feel you have enhanced the art community in Chicago?
"For over a decade, as co-director of the M5 Artist Collective, I helped orchestrate 25+ large-scale events, which fused the following mediums into large-scale theme-based exhibits that fused architecture, performance, video, fashion, sound, etc. M5 created bridges between large established cultural institutions and creators from all backgrounds. I have taken what I learned from that role and continued to push boundaries and raise awareness within Chicago, while carrying this Midwest mentality outward into the larger world arena."
"My process requires rigorous orchestration – I thrive on taking found objects out of context and re-imagining them into new compositions, where the materials themselves often dictate (or even inspire) the direction the work goes in”
- Christophe Gausparro