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Art Exhibit: "Message in a Bottle:The art of Christopher Philips Haile, 1947–1998"

This exhibit, curated by the artist's brother Roger Haile, includes over 60 artworks archived for the past 26 years.
in Roger's words...
Haile was a painter, poet, printmaker, sculptor and designer of earthworks. Born in 1947 in California, he lived and worked in Texas, Massachusetts, Long Island, Manhattan and Rome, where he attended the Academia di Belle Arte and worked on the sets of Fellini’s Roma. He traveled the Pacific Rim on a Greek freighter bartering art for passage and eventually showed the body of work created at the Laguna Beach Museum of Art. His art is in the permanent collection of the NY Public Library and innumerable private collections.
As an artist, Haile worked constantly, often to the exclusion of rewards and the comforts of domesticated life. He invented and reinvented dwelling spaces, living without a phone, pets, children, even at times without running water and electricity. Artists visiting his workspaces often felt transported to a magical dimension of time. He created thousands of pieces of art and practiced what he termed “available technology”, i.e. that making art was possible using whatever materials were at hand. A perfect example is when, after his arrest for trespassing in the Roman forum in order to watch the sunrise from the Palatine Hill, he made a mural on the wall of his prison cell out of saliva and the rust of bedsprings.

This exhibit is a work in progress with the intention of evolving it as a show that will travel and be shown in New York, where Chris lived.