Chris Kallmyer is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work focuses on sound and space. His unconventional musical works use everyday objects and other senses, such as taste and touch, to engage the observer in questions about the physical environment and our presence within it. Kallmyer puts pressure on the traditional audience-performer relationship, and his work frequently takes place in nontraditional performance spaces such as closets, igloos, museums, or mountaintops.
Kallmyer has garnered commissions from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Walker Art Center, Pulitzer Arts Foundation, San Francisco Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the City of Los Angeles among other spaces in America and Europe.
In 2020, Kallmyer created a batch of ceramic bells for Workshop Residence
"These are bells for the home – for friends – for visitors – as gifts – to mark occasions – for joyful comings and solemn goings. They are made of clay because the first bells were clay, made in China in 3000 BC to track their livestock. I love the idea that in early agriculture, soil fed the grass that fed the animals, and that soil tracked the herd for the herdsman in the form of cowbell pottery. It’s these new clay bells – medium fired for a long ring, that will be heading north to Workshop Residence 5000 years later. "- Kallmyer