My work plays with the boundary between reality and fantasy to confront existential questions of isolation. My experiments with live video combined with diorama elements draw attention to the mechanics behind moving images, which are normally hidden from view. The works create fictional landscapes, inspired by science fiction, to conjure a sense of estrangement in desolate spaces. Audiences are given the ability to physically play with the dioramas thereby altering the video and gaining a sense of control over feelings of isolation.

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2019    There Is No Conflict, Willmar Gallery, Ridgewater College, Willmar, MN (curator: Andrew Nordin)
2018    There Is No Conflict, Hutchinson Gallery, Ridgewater College, Hutchinson, MN
2016    From the Outer Regions, Lillian Davis Hogan Gallery, St. Mary's University, Winona, MN
2015    Protoscapes, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
2013    Protosystems, Transformer, Washington, DC
2013    Ideal Lunar Landscapes, Rivermont Studio, Lynchburg, VA
2012    Behind the Sky, School of Art, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
2009    Recent Paintings, Rochester Civic Theatre, Rochester, MN

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2021    Speculative Futures, Present Imaginations, Catherine G. Murphy Gallery, St. Paul, MN (online exhibition)

2020    Portray, Anderson Center Gallery, Red Wing, MN (curator: Stephanie Rogers)

2019    Art(ists) On the Verge 10, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN (catalog)

2019    Homecoming, Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Davidson, NC (catalog)

2018    Four Square, Rochester Community and Technical College Art Gallery, Rochester, MN

2017    Not of This Earth, Boston Cyberarts, Jamaica Plain, MA, (curator: Michael Lewy)

2016    Remix, Fine Arts Gallery, School of Art, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
2015    Ardor, Watkins Gallery, Winona State University, Winona
2013    The Tale of Two Suns, Delicious Spectacle, Columbia Heights, Washington, DC
2013    Momentum, Metropolitan Art Project, Fairfax, VA
2012    Future Daze, Open Space Gallery, Baltimore, MD
2012    Elevator to the Moon:  Retro-future Visions of Space, Artisphere, Arlington, VA    
2011    Ten Second Film Festival, Soap Factory, Minneapolis, MN
2011    The Extended Image: A Sense of Place, Mason Hall Alumni Atrium Gallery, Fairfax, VA
2011    Graduate Student Exhibition, School of Art, GMU, Fairfax, VA
2008    Salon  300, Hopkins Center for the Arts, Hopkins, MN

COLLABORATIONS:

2020    Built puppet and provided technical assistance for Xylem, opera by Ritika Ganguly and Roshan Ganu, MNiatures program by MN Opera
2017    /ˌənreprəˈzen(t)əd/ (unrepresented), with Edgar Endress, Craddock-Terry Gallery, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
2016    The History of Wild Rice and Princess Pigs, digital print, hand bound book, edition: 20 + 5 AP, with Edgar Endress and Lori Lee, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, Germany
2016    Occupy the Future, with Floating Lab Collective, installation at Summit Stage, Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC, Creative Time Conference 
2015    Land's End, with Edgar Endress, School of Art, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
2014    Excuse Me For My Razzmatzz, with Edgar Endress and Brooke Marcy, Riverviews Artspace, Lynchburg, VA
2012    Home, with Floating Lab Collective, Casita Maria Center for Arts and Education, Bronx, NY    
2012    The Mask of the Shoe Shiner, with ASCHOY Collective, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
2012    Mapping Why, with Floating Lab Collective, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, DC
2012    The Shrine of the American Dream, with Edgar Endress, Brooke Marcy, and Marco Moreno Navarro, Maier Museum of Art, Lynchburg, VA
2012    ReMuseum, with Floating Lab Collective, 5x5 Public Art Project, Washington, DC
2011    Floating Utopia: Mobile Art Gallery Designs, with Floating Lab Collective, Artisphere, Arlington, VA 

AWARDS/GRANTS/FELLOWSHIPS

2020        Artists Respond: Combating Social Isolation Grant, Springboard for the Arts
2018/19    Art(ists) On the Verge 10 Fellowship
2018        Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board
2017        Finalist for Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship

TEACHING:

2015 - 2016    Adjunct Professor, Drawing and 3-D Design, Winona State University, Winona, MN
2012 - 2013    Adjunct Professor, Drawing, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
2003 - 2009    Art Instructor, Schaeffer Academy, Rochester, MN


WORKSHOPS/LECTURES:

2015    Total Arts Day Camp, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, August 3-14
2015    Artist-in-residence, Rochester Public Library, Rochester, MN, April 11-12
2013    Presentation: The Sublime in the Work of Albert Bierstadt and James Nasmyth, Rivermont Studio, Lynchburg, VA, February 2
2011    Presenter/Panelist, Reading the Body in Contemporary Culture, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, April 23

SERVICE:

Board of Directors, Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN, May 2017-June 2019

Panelist for Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant, Visual Arts, November 26-27, 2018

Panelist on Art4Trails Selection Committee, outdoor sculpture, Rochester, MN, May 2018- December 2020


BIBLIOGRAPHY:

2015    Erin Devine, In 'Unfriendly Skies,' Bird Art Doubles as Environmental Message, Washington City Paper, November 6.
2013    Jenkins, Mark, Chris Rackley: Protosystems, The Washington Post, November 21.
2013    Bridges, Bill, “The Tale of Two Suns: Bonner Sale and Chris Rackley at Delicious Spectacle,” The Smithsonian Studio Arts Blog, August 1.
2012    Dail, Whitney, “Introducing…Chris Rackley”, interview for Jumpsuits & Teleporters, July 23.