Christopher Chiappa, Speed Stick

Christopher Chiappa, "Speed Stick"

Christopher Chiappa

(b. 1970 West Chester, Pennsylvania)


“Speed Stick,” 2008
16 cast speedsticks
Performance Anxiety


Christopher Chiappa is a conceptual artist based in New York. His work considers the relationship between daily life, consumption and the decline of American exceptionalism. Speed Stick (2008) continues a motif of Chiappa’s, using a readily available mass-produced good and recasting it with art historical references. Stick’s arc, made from deodorant colored in a saturated hue, recalls the rings of color ubiquitous in Frank Stella’s prints and shaped canvases of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Chiappa presents the material in extant, literal form, preserving the product’s packaging and contents while aestheticizing an otherwise mundane object and rendering it completely useless. Chiappa has participated in exhibitions at Kate Werble, Andrea Rosen, Frederick Freiser, and Exit Art galleries in New York. A graduate of Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, he is represented by Kate Werble Gallery in New York.