Chris Thorson

Gallery Affiliations: Rena Bransten Gallery

Region: Pacific Coast


City / State: Vallejo, CA

The Tabula Rasa series is made from cast and painted urethane. The works mimic vintage sticker albums from about 1980, and characters such as Lady Pac Man, G.I. Joe, and Garfield crowd each yellowing page. The works are inherently playful and nostalgic, recalling childhood obsessions and early experiences of collecting. They also embody status-quo messages on issues such as gender, American nationalism, race, and food. Thus, the sticker books simultaneously celebrate an individual’s relationship to popular culture and reveal themselves to be agents of cultural conditioning.