Tonight's exhibit features the work of Chris Sickels, the creative force behind Red Nose Studio, which has garnered awards and has been featured in countless magazines, art books, and advertisements. Among Sickel's clients are Microsoft, Target, Times magazine and Random House books. Chris Sickels can be found in a red, two-story garage that functions as his studio, sculpting puppets out of found objects and clay. The process involves using Sculpey to shape the head, which is usually made first and embodies the emotion of his pieces, and wire armatures covered with foam often form the body.

With a background in illustration, Sickels had transitioned from drawing to creating three-dimensional characters, inspired by the challenge of learning photography. The camera is crucial in his work.  The end result is a delightfully odd world inhabited by quirky, rosy-nosed characters, and can be experienced in person at our upcoming exhibit, Icon6.  

Sickels explains his sculptures and photographs best, saying “my work isn't really graceful. It's usually pretty awkward—like if the puppet moved, he'd fall off or he'd trip or he'd run into a wall. It's a bit of beauty and a bit of awkwardness. And I think that's kind of how I am."

We will also be showing some of the artists stop motion work during the opening tonight (like the one below).



It was dark when I woke. This is a ray of sunshine.

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