Visiting Artist 2014
Christopher Blay is a North Texas artist with a B.F.A. in photography from Texas Christian University. He founded the Group f8 photography collective in Fort Worth in 2000 and works primarily as an installation artist, with an eye towards institutional critique. His work incorporates video, sculpture and performance, notably as Frank Artsmarter and DJ lo rez.
Blay’s current work, “The Ark on Noah St”, is a NEA funded, social practice leaning project in the Historic 10th Street district of Dallas. Other recent projects include “The Artists Commission” at Gray Matters Gallery story projects in Haltom City, Keller, and Southlake, and “Machine Time” at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary.
In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award, given to artists whose works intersect with both the arts and their community. Blay is currently curator of Tarrant County College’s Art Corridor Gallery.
I became a photographer before I understood images. In my work I’m trying to understand images, and in the process I also respond to life, particularly the lines and borders between institutions and individuals. I suppose my work is also about that.