Christopher Gryder

"A subtle architectonic logic pervades my artwork: a kind of "organic tectonic." I define this aesthetic as a construction involving a language of forms and patterns associated with the natural world."

Inspired by the life sciences, including the fossilized record and the amazing worlds opened up by electron microscopy, Christopher Gryder cultivates a vision where botanical and geological forms merge into an organic/geometric matrix. Ultimately, the work is his humble attempt to make manifest underlying structures of the physical universe.

"Earth forming," Gryder's own signature technique, involves carving intricate one-off molds out of an earthen mix of sand and clay. These fragile earthen "form works" last only long enough to cast his clay vessels and tiles. Over a period of a week, the sand mold dries and begins to dissolve, allowing the clay piece to be excavated and eventually fired. The technique is uniquely adapted to forming rich bas-relief surfaces, a sort of "dimensional drawing" technique that combines attributes of both image making and sculpture.

Gryder's path has consistently gravitated towards object making, whether in architecture school at Tulane University or in the sun-drenched playground for architects in the Arizona desert known as Arcosanti, a place where silt, clay, and concrete are the primary means of expression. Playing in the dirt, he seemed to find his medium of choice. He later found a nurturing environment while earning his MFA at Rhode Island School of Design, where he achieved breakthroughs working with clay and earthen mixtures that led to his current body of work.

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Lithosphere Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 90 - $ 250
Flow Cycle Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180 - $ 500
Telluric Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180 - $ 500
Luminescence
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 140 - $ 390
Elementary Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 230
Ring Coalesce
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,890
Aeolus Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180 - $ 500
Zephyr Triptych
Ceramic Sculpture

$ 96 - $ 270
Mobius Response
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,980
Centripetal Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180 - $ 500
Arc Kernel
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,000
Elemental Triptych
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180 - $ 500
Circle Prism
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,700
Delta Ripple
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 700
Rawdo
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,000
Sand Stone Blooms
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 90 - $ 250
Arc
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,980
Frolic
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
Fresh Move
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 400
Flight Favored
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
Open Link
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
Bearing Field
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
Edge Burst
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 180
Structured Claim
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 400
Circle Geometry
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,440
Infinity Squared
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,440
Polyhedron Play
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,440
Pinwheel Pattern
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,440
Mountain Pattern
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 3,240
Mountain Beauty
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,440
Candy Mountain
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 3,240
Perigee
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 750
Equisymbrium No. 2
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 2,960
Equisymbrium
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 3,960
Penta-Pinwheel
Ceramic Wall Sculpture

$ 1,300