Chris Sollars

Purple Haze/ 2004/ 3'



Instant Coffee
Toronto, Canada


Purple Haze

A pyschedelic video of J.C. Dancing to Purple haze.
You can view samples of the videos here

on the computer version also:
Come Walk With Me: Tour Video/ 2004/ 25'

Come Walk With Me, is a free historical walking tour of San Francisco, lead by J.C. a pseudo Jesus Hippie Guy, that starts in the Haight/Ashbury, winds its way through historical downtown San Francisco, and ends on a magic carpet ride over the city. The Tour is edited in a multi-cam perspective, pans from tourist to tourist as they capture the history of San Franciso and J.C.'s message. Featured in the Sunday September 29, 2002 Denver Post travel section article Flower Power Tours Revisit Haight Ashbury - J.C. is bringing back the love.


Chris Sollars is a San Francisco based installation video artist born in Indianapolis, Indiana and was raised there and in Maine. He graduated in 1998 with a BFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design and held residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture; and is currently working on his M.F.A. at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College to be completed 2006. Chris is also the director, and curator of 667Shotwell, a project space for artists in his home since 2001. His work is in the collections of the Berkeley Art Museum, Miami Art Museum, and Andrea Rosen. Awards include a 2007 Eureka Fellowship Award; and 2002 Wallace Alexander Gerbode Foundation, Berkeley Art Museum Purchase Award. He is currently working on the Part 3 of a Trilogy based on the rise, fall, and rebirth of three pop culture icons of Sports, Religion, and Rock: Bjorn Borg, Jesus Christ, and Kurt Cobain; but has momentarily put that on hold to work on a documentary video on his sister who works for the Bush Administration.

Chris Sollars
Artist & 667Shotwell Director
667 Shotwell St.; San Francisco, CA; 94110
(415) 706-8260


jenifer papararo: jenifer(at)

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Instant Coffee is a service oriented collective of artists, writers, curators, designers
and code writers. Together they have developed a practice that culminates in bringing
together large numbers of artists, designers, musicians and other cultural producers
under loosely themed events. They offer networking services that promote local,
national and international activities and publish a monthly on-line magazine, Instant
Coffee Saturday Edition. In conjunction with their events, they also publish bookworks,
posters and other multiples. Instant Coffee's most consistent members are Cecilia
Berkovic, Timothy Comeau, Jinhan Ko, Kate Monro, Jenifer Papararo, and Jon Sasaki.
Instant Coffee developed, in part, as a response to the division and exaggerated
difference between studio and exhibition practice. It wanted to offer its community a
public place of practice, where ideas, materials and actions could be explored outside
of the isolated studio and away from formal exhibition structures, but still supported
by a critical discourse or at least offer the potential for one. From the beginning this
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