Christian Eckart incorporates highly-refined industrial materials such as aluminum, steel, automotive lacquer and glass to produce objects that continue his investigation of the sublime, as well as the implications of a "meta-sublime" in the context of a post-modern condition. In Eckart's artistic language, his continual explorations are founded in an interrogation of various tropes of 20th Century abstraction, while attempting to delve into underlying imperatives that have persevered in certain types of "art making" since the Renaissance, including a need to address the ineffable and unrepresentable.
International artist Christian Eckart (b. 1959) is originally from Western Canada and moved to New York in 1984. He received his MFA from Hunter College in 1986 and has been living and working in Houston since 2003. During 20 years living in New York City and up to the present, Eckart's work has been the subject of over 60 solo exhibitions including many museum surveys and 150 group exhibitions. His works are included in the permanent collections of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Eli Broad Foundation Collection, Santa Monica; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and Shauwerk Sindelfingen, among other notable institutions throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. He split his time between New York and Berlin from 1996 - 1997, and then between New York and Amsterdam from 1997 – 2002. Eckart was an instructor at the School of Visual Art, New York from 1994 – 2002, the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston from 2003 – 2005, and he held visiting professorships at both the University of Houston and Rice University. He has lectured extensively throughout North America and Europe, realized many private commissions and organized group exhibitions and published a number of essays and articles.