With a focus on exploring body movement as metaphor, Chris Cameron captures his visions of dance and body movement in diverse media, from drawing to videography. "Chris is a dynamic contemporary artist who feels as comfortable working with computers and video projection as he does using paint and pencil. His work reflects an elegant hybrid seamlessness," says Keith Roberson, associate professor of Digital Arts and Chris's major professor.
Pushing the boundaries of videography, Chris prefers to project his creations in nontraditional spaces and venues, creating a totally transformed mode of expression. "I'm constantly looking for ways of showing my work that are unexpected or are more integrated into the viewer's natural surroundings," he says. "I would often rather project the video on the side of a building or show it on a TV at the bottom of a trashcan than place it on a gallery wall."
"Chris is producing artwork at an international contemporary level," Professor Roberson says. "As an interdisciplinary, concept-focused artist who can balance high-level tech skills and traditional art skills, Chris is a great example of what the Art Department strives to instill in BFA design majors."
In 2005, Chris's work was showcased in VIBE (Video in the Built Environment), giving him the opportunity to display his videos on large, outdoor screens in Manchester and London, England, as well as in Chicago. His work has been featured in international video competitions in the Czech Republic and film festivals in the U.S. and Europe, as well as art shows, large-scale dance performance collaborations and video screenings in major cities here and across the Atlantic.
This past year was a groundbreaking one for Chris, whose video work was featured in the C2C Gallery's "Pixel Pop! Praha" exhibition, the American Dance Festival's "Dancing for the Camera: International Festival of Film and Video Dance" in Durham, N.C., and the Out Video Festival, which screened videos in outdoor public venues in more than a dozen Eastern European cities, including Moscow and St. Petersburg.
Chris brought his talents to FSU because he believed it offered a fertile work environment that turns entering students into emerging artists. "FSU is the only public school in Florida that I know of that gives studio spaces to its best undergrads, so there is a real sense of community among the BFA students," he says. "The fact that we all have space in the same location promotes healthy dialogue between students and adds a social element that is important to our development."[Close Button]