Chris Held lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA in Furniture Making from the Oregon College of Art and Craft in 2006 and an MFA in Sculpture from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2010. From 2007-2013 he co-owned and operated Von Tundra, a collaborative studio specializing in the design of one-off and limited edition furniture, commercial spaces, and conceptual exhibitions. Held is a Co-Curator of JONALDDUDD (2015-present), an annual art and design exhibition, as well as a Co-Producer of Heather Metal Parking Lot (HMPL, 2014-present), an annual Heavy Metal themed art party supported by The Wassaic Project Artist Residency in Wassaic, NY.
Working across a variety of media, Held engages design and art as complimentary disciplines. His work employs the languages of craft, minimalism, and contemporary design to re-contextualize functional forms and their associate meanings. Held’s work has been presented in both gallery and commercial contexts, selected exhibitions and commissions include: Knife Hits, Spring Break Art Show, New York, NY (2016), Miami Beach Gift Shop, Satellite Art Fair, Miami Beach, FL (2015), 6/One, White Box Gallery, Portland, OR (2012), Space Post, High Desert Test Sites, Joshua Tree, CA (2011), Eins, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany (2011), Southern Pacific, Lawndale Arts Center, Houston, TX (2011), High Desert Brunch Club, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA (2010), and The After Party, Specific Merchandise, Los Angeles, CA (2010).
Held has been the recipient of honors and awards from a variety of institutions including, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2012), Core77 Design Awards (2013), Regional Arts and Culture Council, Portland, OR (2012), Denver Art Museum (2009), Portland Spaces Design Awards (2009), and ShowPDX Design Awards (2008), and the Ethel Morrison VanDerlip Foundation (2010). His work has been reviewed by a range of print and online sources, including: Hyperallergic, Gestalten, Dwell, Art LTD., Dezeen, Art Papers, Designboom, Art Knowledge News, Surface, Design Milk, Futu, Damn Magazine, Nylon, and It’s Nice That.