Christopher Polentz / The Promised Land


November 22, 2020

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February 14, 2021

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Inspired by the golden age of the traveling carnival (1870-1930), with its social outcasts of carny folk, sideshow freaks-and-geeks, Chris Polentz has endeavored to represent an unwanted slice of society through the innocence of children.

These children represent vulnerability, the inherent need to be wanted and loved without a thought as to “why?”

“I would like my images to nurture compassion for the differences within us all. Our need for acceptability and fitting in. But most of all the need to be valued and loved. My images of children are faultless individuals; possessing obvious imperfections and undesirable qualities, social outcasts, different, through no fault of their own, but nonetheless unwanted and made to feel unnecessary.

“It is through this menagerie of traveling “human oddities” they find refuge, acceptance, a place where they not only fit in but are understood and loved . . . THE PROMISED LAND.”

Christopher Polentz

Chris Polentz graduated from Art Center College of Design in 1985. After working as an illustrator for 20 years he studied at Syracuse University earning his Master’s degree.
Polentz has taught at Art Center, Mira Costa College, Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, and Palomar College. He currently teaches at Irvine Valley College.

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