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Chris Wade
Evolution of a Dream

June 23 through September 09, 2018

On view in the Wilson and Williamson Galleries

Madison, Alabama based artist Chris Wade’s mesmerizing drawings are interpretations of his dreams of abandoned space rockets. Letting his childlike imagination run wild, he creates meticulously detailed images of solitary spaceships subsumed by trees alongside pictures of vast treehouse cities made up of the rockets. Involved with NASA’s space camp for kids in Huntsville, Wade’s familiarity with skyrockets brings both precision and authenticity to his imagery.

The drawings narratively follow a progression that parallels his own experiences, tracking the journey of finding healing from his past, as well as a deeper discovery of who he is, while capturing a renewed sense of innocence. Although highly personal, Wade’s drawings deal with universal concerns. Centering around rockets as a symbol of one’s dreams and purpose, Wade’s rockets with branches piercing their skins and growing through them symbolize unresolved issues in one’s life that have the potential to halt progress. As the series progresses, more hopeful images emerge as he explores the potential that is buried within, left completely intact, waiting to be discovered.

Related Programs


Science Fiction and Art Camp

Mon, Jun 25–Fri, Jun 29
1–4:30 PM
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Watching Clouds Dry with Chris Wade

Fri, Jun 29
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Homeschool Workshop

Fri, Sep 7
10 AM–2 PM
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Adult Workshop

Sat, Sep 8
10 AM– 4 PM
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Photography of installation at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts