About the artist

Christiansen’s sculpture expands on themes of hunting and nature. His work is a collection of free standing and wall-mounted sculpture that pursue the points of intersection between humans, their environments and their relationship to nature. Using hunting as an ideological point of departure, Christiansen hunts and gathers materials found in and around the cities he’s lived in to create life- and larger-than-life sized animals, skulls, and reliquaries in homage to the secret lives we live in our homes. Through a ritualistic process of gathering, deconstructing, and assembling the works transform forgotten objects in alleyways into prized mementos.

Bryan Christiansen is a South Dakota native who recieved a Bachelors in Fine Art from the University of Nevada, Reno with a minor in Philosophy in 2009. While in Nevada, he exhibited widely throughout the area, including The Nevada Museum of Art, The Stremmel Gallery and shows juried by Artforum’s Tim Griffin and Roc La Rue Gallery’s Kirsten Anderson.

Christiansen has been the recipient of several honors including the Sierra Arts Endowment Grant and The Nevada Museum of Arts’ Emerging Artist Honorarium. Other honors include “Best in Show” from The San Jose Museum of Arts associate curator, Kristen Evangelista and a faculty nomination for the International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award.