Chris Isner is a visionary artist that primarily works with recovered portions of wood, and out of that produces some of the most wonderful and memorizing iterations of form you'll ever see. The story of how he learned to work with wood in this way, to produce incredibly unique works of art, came about when he reached a low-point in his life some years ago, and due to a series of coincidences (if we can even presume to call it that), Chris made his way to the jungles of Peru and engaged in an ancient shamanic ritual involving the powerful psychedelic brew Ayahuasca, which not only healed his physical ailments, but also healed him psychically as well, and revealed to him the knowledge he now uses to produce his art.
As he puts it:
"One vision in particular was like a YouTube tutorial from some bizarre alternate universe: timeless hands using ancient technique to form a wooden bowl, revealing gorgeous textures, as the faces of primordial entities morphed and twisted through legions of iterations.
I now use this technique to record these visions."*
- I highly recommend listeners check out Chris's work on his website. Everything you need to know about his work, as far as seeing what pieces he has for sell, as well as contact information for commissioned work, can be found here: http://isnervision.com
- Go to Chris's Instagram account to see everything he has produced, as well as photos of his works in progress: https://www.instagram.com/isnervision/
- Follow Chris on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/isnervision/
- Follow Chris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/isnervision
- Artwork source image provided by Chris Isner. Title: Wiler en Vuelo #2. Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZ2F28rFlPN/?taken-by=isnervision
- Music featured in this episode: "Eh (Instrumental)," "Trash (Instrumental)," "Trash," and "80808" by Death Grips from the album Bottomless Pit.