The works of Chris Ballantyne have been already featured on Socks.
We’re back to write about this artist to introduce some of his more recent works on paper and canvas, still focused on urban and suburban situations, but rendered in an even darker fashion through black and white lines and india ink. The mundane, unhabited scenes acquire a sense of uncanny, underlined by the focal lighting in some of the plates. The recurrent theme of fences frames empty lots and suburban sport areas, secluding even more the isolated scene from a larger context. These fragments of a lost urbanity reveal absurd details, (i.e. fences becomong mazes), and stand on the brink between humorous commentary and dramatic scenario.
All images © Chris Ballantyne
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