Friday, October 19, 2018

Paul Cristina debuts new work, Down Into Folds, at Beresford Studios on Oct. 26

Investigating the human condition

Posted by Connelly Hardaway on Fri, Oct 19, 2018 at 9:23 AM

click to enlarge PAUL CRISTINA
  • Paul Cristina
Beresford Studios and the Charleston Arts Festival present Down Into Folds, a solo exhibition of new paintings and drawings from local artist Paul Cristina. Down Into Folds opens next Fri. Oct. 26, with a reception from 6-8 p.m. The works will be on display through Nov. 25.

In an artist's statement, Cristina says, "Gathering together oil paintings, charcoal drawings and dense mixed-media works on canvas, this exhibition focuses on the continued use of layered and manipulated paper materials as a means of investigating the various truths and dimensions of the human condition."
When we first talked to Cristina two years ago, he was working out of a cavernous, dimly lit upper King Street studio, a newly full-time artist creating large works on canvas. At the time he said, "I want to create art that creates a high enough level of inquiry or intrigue that leads us to having a conversation."

Since then, Cristina has shown his work frequently around town, spoken at Pecha Kucha, and hosted a solo show in Lake City (home of ArtFields) this summer.

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