Chris Finley

Chris Finley
Associate Professor
(415) 338-6318
Building: Fine Arts
Room Number: 254
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Chris Finley's sculptures and installations often solicit viewers to perform prescriptive rituals that unearth hidden layers of narrative content within stacks and groupings of everyday objects. His paintings of disfigured and distorted portraits of weight lifters, politicians and real estate agents paradoxically recall the Futurists’ glorification of speed and technology while ultimately critiquing our current mediated experience. Finley's work has been included in national and international Museum exhibitions including; 01.01.01: Art in Technological Times, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco; Game Show, MASS MOCA, North Adams, MA; 2002 Orange County Museum of Art Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Twisted. Urban and Visionary Landscapes in Contemporary Painting, Van Abbe Museum, Eindhoven, The Netherlands; Just Past: The Contemporary in MOCA's Permanent Collection, 1975-1996, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA; and Defining The Nineties, Museum of Contemporary Art, Miami, FL. His work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. His exhibitions have been reviewed in Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Frieze, Art Issues, Forbes, Art and Auction, The New York Times, and The Los Angeles Times.