Paul Cristina - We Were Never Told the Truth About the Dying of the Sun
June 2017

 Paul Cristina was born in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, OH. in August of 1983. As a self-taught artist, he has continued to develop his creative sensibilities through the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images. These sources of education continue to inform his work through the experimentation of various style and media.  Cristina had worked several years as a paramedic, which allowed for a stark insight and investigation into the often disturbing aspects of society and human behavior. This experience involuntarily contributes an emotional undercurrent to Cristina's work and provides with an insight toward the underbelly of life as we know it. 

Paul Cristina was born in the metropolitan area of Cleveland, OH. in August of 1983. As a self-taught artist, he has continued to develop his creative sensibilities through the study of books, film, music, people and photographic images. These sources of education continue to inform his work through the experimentation of various style and media.

Cristina had worked several years as a paramedic, which allowed for a stark insight and investigation into the often disturbing aspects of society and human behavior. This experience involuntarily contributes an emotional undercurrent to Cristina's work and provides with an insight toward the underbelly of life as we know it. 

The exhibition at Beresford marks Cristina’s first major solo exhibition in downtown Charleston. The new work displays Cristina’s continual interest towards the fragmentation and manipulation of his drawings, while finding a proper balance between the figurative and abstract elements of his compositions. When developing work for this exhibition, Cristina decided to work exclusively with large and small scale charcoal drawings rendered on various sources of paper, which were then subjected to an extensive process of deconstruction and reconstruction of the drawn images.

In this recent body of work, Cristina was influenced by the idea of how we are often indoctrinated in various ways throughout our childhood, adolescence and into our adult life. Some methods of indoctrination are more obvious and have become normalized or trivialized within daily routine, while others remain rather harmful and discreet. He asked himself how these methods of indoctrination in the early stages of our lives can ultimately shape, dictate and potentially limit or confine our perception towards the world while at an age when we are simply too young to think critically for ourselves.

 
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