Christian Herman Cummings is a cross disciplinary conceptual artist based in Los Angeles. His work explores the relationship between socially defined 'static' subjectivity and ‘actual self’—or in his words, between our impostor and our intruder. Calling his art prosthetic for a self that isn’t there, Cummings is an ironist who uses topsy turvy logics, nontraditional authorship, and daydreamy psychical introspection as his primary modes of expression.
His work includes sculpture, experimental metallurgy, drawing, various aleatoric processes, Grunge and R&B musical forms, poetry, collage-based curatorial practices, performance art, and video.
Cummings also works as an art fabricator, having worked for Tim Hawkinson, Jim Shaw, Marnie Weber, Kaari Upson, Ryan Trecartin, Lizzie Fitch, The Museum of Jurassic Technology, Massimo DeCarlo Gallery in Milan, and for the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art in Los Angeles. He's also worked on various Television and Feature Film projects as a prop artist.
Cummings exhibits his work widely in Los Angeles and abroad. He's curated group exhibitions in 12 countries. He's the founder of Pleonasm Music, an online community of amateur song writers and curates for the WFMU free music archive. His recent project SLAVEBATION (2013) is now available from Blank Insert Press and has a new release scheduled for 2014, RATION ALL APPETITES. He's also co-author of Spectral Psychography (2004-2014) with Michael Decker.
BFA California Institute of the Arts 2004
MFA USC Roski School of Fine Arts 2009