Chris Schanck

In every piece I try to fight a sense of good taste and push more obscure proportions. There are no straight lines, no perfect angles. Imperfection is the standard. ”

Detroit-based designer Chris Schanck embraces contradiction in his work, finding a comfortable place between the distinctions of dilapidation and assemblage, individual and collective, industrial and handcraft, romanticism and cynicism. His efforts deviate from the mass-produced, instead reviving mundane materials by transforming them into unique objects of uncommon luxury. Schanck is perhaps best known for his “Alufoil” series, in which industrial and discarded materials are sculpted, covered in aluminum foil and then sealed with resin. Schanck received a B.F.A. from the School of Visual Arts in Sculpture and an M.F.A in Design from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2011, Schanck moved to Detroit and founded a burgeoning studio with over a dozen artists, students and craftspeople.



Narcissus, 2020

Wood, steel, polystyrene, paint, resin
45 x 46 x 32 inches
114 x 117 x 81 cm

Oubliette Bar, 2019

Wood, polystyrene, polyurea, aluminum foil, resin, Carrara marble
32 x 66 x 15 inches
82 x 168 x 38 cm

Banglatown, 2018

Steel, aluminum, wood, polystyrene, burlap, hide, resin, aluminum foil
86 x 84 x 24 inches
218.5 x 213.5 x 61 cm
Signed and dated on verso

Spore, 2018

Steel, resin, polystyrene, aluminum foil
30 x 38 x 38 inches
76 x 96.5 x 96.5 cm


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