Kriss Stress Art
It’s not hard hard to imagine Kriss Stress having multiple physicality disorder, the condition of having identical identities assigned to multiple bodies. It’s the only way to possibly conceive how he gets so much work done. He is prolific to the point of mania, and I couldn’t tell you when he actually sleeps (does one of him sleep while the other draws?). In 2014 he drew 365 portraits in his Blank Expressions series, taking the headshot of a Chicago artist and removing the defining facial characteristics (I was one of them). He’s compiling the collection into a book that is currently looking for funding through IndieGoGo. He’s drawn on people’s faces and instruments and hosted shows at his apartment. He’s done numerous show posters for local artists, was featured on Tiny Mix Tapes favorite album covers of the year list for his work for Hieroglyphic Being & The Configurative Or Modular Me Trio, and was named Best New Visual Artist by the Chicago Reader. He’s also the creator of the Notes and Bolts podcast which documents local Chicago artists, a blog that was part of our group that put together the El Sounds festival back in August, an event he sadly had to miss due to being a hit by car while on his bike. But that never stopped him, and really only helped inspire his creative output. Kriss is the definition of putting thought into action, a strength that he continues to perfect through artistic devotion and discipline.
Kriss has already started work on his 2015 projects. One is taking headshots once again, but adding three eyes to the face, in a series called Triangle Visions. The other project is doing a weekly comic featuring a crazy story from a Chicago band. If you’re interested in participating, send Kriss an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.