I consider myself an alchemist, but it is more revealing to state that I am a primitive hunter-gatherer rather than a modern urban agrarian.
I’ve been an active artist for more than four decades. In the last four years I’ve narrowed my artistic focus from music, video and analog photography to an emphasis on digital photography. The results can be seen at www.christopherpaulbrown.com.
In 1978, I purchased a Contax RTS 35mm camera with a Zeiss lens. Between 1979 and 1986 my work was published in several Chicago magazines, displayed in numerous exhibitions and purchased for the collection of the Standard Oil Company of Indiana. My first solo show debuted during this time at Northern Illinois University.
I received a BA in Film from Columbia College in 1980, but I have never pursued the academic side of photography or art; I don’t want my photographs to reflect my mind. I want them to open up channels to alternative, unconscious dimensions.
I co-founded the experimental music groups Random Touch and Bosch. We provided original soundtracks for several films and performed live with elaborate visual shows. From 1999 to 2012 I performed on and released 17 musical products, ranging from vinyl records to CD/DVD packages. Many of these included my photographs in the packaging. My experimental videos were exhibited at many major festivals from 2003 to 2007. My video You Define Single File was nominated for the Golden Gate Award at the 47th San Francisco International Film Festival.
In 2008 I returned to exhibiting my photographs. Initially these were very large prints from medium format film negatives. In 2013 I migrated to primarily using digital media.