Sacred and Profane, by Christopher “Christo” Linquata, was on display this week within the Max L. Gatov West Gallery at California State University, Long Beach. These paintings are made with acrylic paint on canvas and represent local areas such as Sunken City in San Pedro, CA. While the background depicts a real place, the foreground contains characters that tell a story. These stories have real elements as well as fiction. Christo also likes to use gold frames on most of his pieces, giving them a rustic, organic feel.
Christo made these works in order to represent his life. He also wants his viewers to be able to take something from it, allowing them to find their own personal connection with his paintings. A common theme in his work is this idea of unity. He wanted to emphasize the importance of time with family and friends as well as display how people find other means, such as substance abuse, to distract themselves from these aspects of our lives. These are things that one may consider sacred, whether it’s positive or negative.
For me personally, I love Christo’s motivation behind these pieces. He truly did a great representation of Sunken City to the point that I could automatically recognize it without asking. I also love that his work tells a story. Stories are incredibly important when it comes to art because no story is the same in representing moments of our lives. Yet everyone is able to take elements and relate in some way, attaching their own meaning or developing their own perspective of something that happened in their life.
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