Chris Komater: THUNDERCRACK!
March 24th, 2023 – April 29th, 2023
Chris Komater’s Thundercrack! is a series of photographic grids made from images of light falling on a large hairy man’s legs and underside. The images are arranged to resemble bolts of lighting, streaking across the night sky. Seeking alternate ways of presenting a body type that has historically received little artistic attention, Komater focuses not on the body itself, but on how light softly illuminates its sensual qualities. Komater creates a different kind of visual encounter with this body type to take us away from what we think we might know about it, and to experience it in a new way.
Thundercrack! gets its title from the 1975 underground film of the same name by filmmakers Curt McDowell and George Kuchar. The film is a classic pornographic horror comedy that has little to do with Komater’s photographic installation, other than naked bodies and Komater’s fondness for appropriation and exclamation points.
Chris Komater is a San Francisco-based visual artist. His photographs and sound installations have been shown at Cheryl Haines Gallery, Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Mark Wolfe Contemporary Arts, Meridian Gallery, and the LAB Gallery in San Francisco; Jan Kesner Gallery in Los Angeles; Bernard Toale Gallery in Boston, and many other venues. He is the recipient of a WESTAF-NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship, a Market Street Art-in-Transit grant, and was the founding director and curator of Secession Gallery, a gallery without walls in San Francisco, and the online arts venue, Marjorie Wood Gallery. This is Chris’ 10th solo show at Mercury 20.