Chris Purdie Projects

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 Apple to Apple

 Burial Instrument

Time of War

Time of Death



Repeat After Me: I Have No Words



Objectophilia -- Spine 2 Installed

Spine 2 installed at the Objectophilia exhibition (Biennial of the Americas) in Denver Colorado.

Preparing for Objectophilia Show in Denver June 30

I am preparing to install Spine in the Objectophilia exhibition in Denver, Co. opening June 30.

Documentary Catalog Sales

For information regarding the purchase of the I am Chris Purdie catalog and/or documentary please email

Documentary Screening "I am Chris Purdie"

Please join us for the screening of the "I am Chris Purdie" documentary on March 20, 2010 5pm at the Velour. It has been almost one year since the performance at the Sego Art Center. We would appreciate your attendance as we commemorate the experience with the screening followed by a brief discussion. Director Judy Simmons, Artist Chris Purdie, and members of the cast will be in attendance.
A small quantity of exhibition catalogs and documentaries will be available to purchase if desired.

(Velour 135 North University Ave. Provo, Utah -- Free and open to the public).

Funded in part by The Laycock Center for Creative Collaboration in the Arts, College of Fine Arts and Communications, Brigham Young University

Reception & Exhibition

Twenty-eight tracks, sixteen channels, two hundred-twelve speakers, ninety-six amplifiers, computer, and wire.
Duration: 15 minute loop.

Salon Style, Dec. 17-Jan. 14, BYU Gallery 303

Salon Style is an art exhibition featuring the combined efforts of Brigham Young University's Oil Painting, Aqueous Media and Sculpture classes. On display at BYU's Gallery 303 in the Harris Fine Arts Center Dec. 17-Jan. 14 with a reception Jan. 7 6-9pm.

Admission--December 4, 2009-January 7, 2010

Title: Admission

Artists: Chris Purdie & Marc Bradley Johnson

Exhibition Dates: 4 December - 7 January

Opening Reception: Friday 4 December 6:00 - 8:00pm

Salt Lake City Gallery Stroll

Location: Rio Gallery

300 S. 455 W. Salt Lake City

(at the Rio Grande Depot)

Cost: Admission is free to the public

Gallery Contact: Laura Durham


Gallery Hours: 7:00am - 6:00pm Monday - Thursday
Design: Manasseh Langtimm

Photograph: Galen Dunn

Photograph: Galen Dunn
Design: Manasseh Langtimm


Art Exhibition of Sound & Motion

Two artists, two cubes, over two hundred speakers, and twelve doors combine to create Admission, the Rio Gallery’s next exhibition in December.

Artists Chris Purdie and Marc Bradley Johnson will be exhibiting two large interactive sculptures next month at Salt Lake City’s Rio Gallery. Purdie’s sculpture is a six-foot cube constructed by stacking over two hundred functioning speakers. Johnson’s sculpture is a seven-foot cube constructed of twelve functioning doors. The audience is invited to interact with these sculptures by listening to the speakers and by walking in and out of the doors.

Admission will be on display December 4 - January 7 with an opening reception in conjunction with Salt Lake City’s Gallery Stroll, Friday December 4 from 6-8pm (free to the public). The Rio Gallery is located in the historic Rio Grande Depot 300 S. 455 W. Salt Lake City (gallery hours are 7am-6pm Monday-Thursday).

Admission utilizes speakers to represent thought or voice and doors to demonstrate access to possibilities or options. Both sculptures involve the patron in a distinctive manner, presenting not only a visual, but also a multi-sensory experience based on perception and consciousness. Purdie’s black speaker cube is referencing sixties Minimalist artist Tony Smith’s Die. Johnson’s door cube was inspired by the philosophies of Antonio Gramsci. Purdie and Johnson were united for this exhibition through the commonalities of their concepts, mediums, and methods of display.

This Speakers Project was funded in part by Brigham Young University's Office of Research and Creative Activities.

The audio for
The Speakers was created in collaboration with the very talented Lance Montgomery.

Photography: Galen Dunn
Designs: Manasseh Langtimm

Essay: Joseph Parry

Technical Support: Jarime Billings, Neil Bly and Ned Clayton
Amplifier Design and Production: Ned Clayton

Promotions: Landon Hallman, Adam Reitz, Cole Sanders and Mike Woodward

Voices: Emily Fox, Andrew Kosorok,
Brian Andelin, Jarime Billings, Krystal Billings, Jared Clark, Lee Cowan, Noah Coleman, Jared Greenleaf, Marc Bradley Johnson, Jamie Purdie, Judy Simmons, and Shane Simmons.

Thanks to Laura Durham and the Rio Gallery for this opportunity.

Special thanks to Jamie Purdie for much help and support.


Download--Speaker Exodus.

After days and hours of construction I felt great anxiety about deconstructing the cube.
Loading up the speaker cube to move it from the studio to the Rio Gallery. Van loaded to the hilt.

Everything loaded and ready for transportation.

Upload--Speaker cube unloaded and ready for reconstruction.

Ned finishing the wiring of the amplifier.

Ready for the reception