The Grotto of Death POSTER

This is the poster for the Documentary Short film, THE GROTTO OF DEATH.

  • Christopher Sperandio
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    June 27, 2023
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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Artist Biography

Christopher Sperandio navigates the margins between mass and museum cultures. He works in various forms, including comics and books, games, temporary sculptures, painted installations, television, billboards, and digital media. Sperandio is an associate professor of art at Rice University in Houston, Texas.

Sperandio's works have been the subjects of museum exhibitions and art centers in the United States, Germany, Northern Ireland, Denmark, England, Scotland, Wales, Spain, and France. Commissioning institutions include MoMA/PS1, the Public Art Fund, Creative Time, London's Institute of Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Wired Magazine, and DC Comics.

Essays about Sperandio's collaborative work appear in numerous art survey books especially concerning relational, social, and collaborative art. Articles have also appeared in the New York Times, Art In America, Artforum, Frieze, Flash Art, Sculpture Magazine, The New Yorker, ArtReview, Art Papers, Soap Opera Weekly, etc.

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Artist Statement

Growing up in rural, working-class America catalyzed my interest in ideas about cultural perception and who forms it. My art practice consists of detailed examinations of the nature and boundaries of authorship (the act of initiating a hypothesis or theory) through learning, analyzing, and critiquing how demography impacts aesthetic judgments of perception, including the wider sociological and cultural conditions for the creation and reception of contemporary western culture. I am interested in collectivity and collaboration as a researcher, teacher, and socially engaged artist. In the last few years, I've become obsessed with the history of popular culture. The Grotto of Death is my first film, and I've designed a poster to reflect the "grindhouse" nature of the film's title.