Award Winners / Artist Profile

About the Artist

Chris Engman (Seattle) received his BFA in photography from the University of Washington in 2003. His most recent photographs involve large outdoor installations constructed in found environments and have been exhibited at the University of Washington’s CMA gallery and Jacob Lawrence Gallery as well as the Photographic Center Northwest. Engman’s work was recently purchased by 4Culture as part of their portable works call. He recently had work in an upcoming new members show at SOIL Art Gallery in Seattle. Engman is also a resident set designer with the multi-disciplinary performance group Degenerate Art Ensemble.

Chris received a 2010 GAP to pay for travel to and from Eastern Washington, the rental of an excavator, film, film processing, printing and compensation to the owner of the private property on which Engman’s most recent work will be made. Dust to Dust will be the title of a new photographic diptych and the fourth in a series of diptychs. The new work will be the most ambitiously-scaled of the set. The piece is a meditation on impermanence and the fact that not only existence but even the features of the physical world are temporal and will come to an end.

Chris received a 2007 GAP for purchase of a new Macintosh computer. Engman creates digital inkjet prints from large files. After his travels through Mexico and Central America, the artist is “embracing a stronger role for digital manipulation than has been the case for much of my previous work… Unfettered access to a quality computer… will allow this work to proceed faster, in my own studio, and in a more fluid manner—and will hopefully make the work, consequently, stronger.”

Chris received a 2004 GAP to purchase a large format camera, lens and tripod in order to complete a series of constructed landscape photographs. “These images are records as much as they are photographs of enigmatic construction built in remote landscapes, including the rigorous and meditative labor involved in creating them on site and then finding the ultimate composition.”

Update from the Artist: Chris' work was chosen to be in the King County Public Art Collection for their portable arts collection.

Information included above was provided by artist at the time of application.