The second acquisition for the Randall Frank Contemporary Art Collection is by Chris Norris. Chris is a painter and illustrator in Richmond, VA. We came across his work at “FIRST FRIDAYS RVA” this past July. First Fridays is a year-round art walk in the Arts District of Richmond. Chris had a show, Hamburger Head, which was a collection of new pieces where he describes his world through the eyes of a character called,”Hamburger Head.”
We encourage you to visit Chris’s website to see more works created through Chris’s alter ego “Hamburger Head” at www.chrisnorrisart.com.
Baby Hamburger Blossom
The Baby Hamburger Blossom like most of my work is meant to be confrontational. If he was to fit into Joseph Campbell’s outline for the “Hero’s Journey” he would be a minor test for the Hero. (See The Hero with a Thousand Faces) He would be an obstacle. Or even a preview of what is to come. In the mythology or Special World that have created with my work, the Hamburger Head is a reflection of the worst of myself. The Hamburger Head is proud, selfish, and materialistic. The Baby Hamburger Blossom is his offspring and you can look at him as a poison pill waiting to be swallowed. He is obviously ugly but can be read as cute maybe even trusting. He is both grotesque and beautiful.
There are several motifs in the piece that are reoccurring. The flowers are always a reference to nature and the sublime. Basically they allude to the mystery of our existence. Secondly, the targets are a reference to Jasper Johns. They are both optical and allegorical. Thirdly the Baby Hamburger Blossom only has a single eye. Like the Cyclops in the Odyssey he is easily blinded. The single eye implies a lack of understanding of anything with depth, but it also implies a singular driven purpose.
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