Spring 2013

Chad Curtis

I’ve been looking at the work of Chad Curtis for exhibition inspiration, most importantly the construction of my busts. Chad is working on a much larger scale than I intend to but the principle of his construction still applies. “Curtis utilizes highly processed and digitally manipulated sculptural materials like clay, plastic, cardboard, plywood and foam creating a simulated experience that recontextualizes our largely mediated lived existence. According to the artist, his work “draws inspiration from both digital technology and homebrew DIY makers examining the effects of high technology on the relationship between human beings and the natural environment.”

chadcurtis2Panorama of Desire, 2013

On his current work, Chad states “The idea of a distinction between the biological and the industrial, or the human and the digital, and the blurring of that distinction, is explored both as subject matter in the work and also in the production. The drawings are composed digitally and rendered with marker on a homemade computer-controlled drawing machine that attempts to mimic the hand, or cast doubt on the distinction between the hand and the machine. In a similar sense, the foam landscapes are sculpted with an adapted version of the drawing machine, having been digitally modeled and rendered through a computer, numeric code, and a hodgepodge of hardware store components, which constitute a crude mechanical fabrication device. While the aesthetic of the work is that of mass production and the absence of the hand, the work, itself, is clearly a synthesis of ideas and processes that would not typically originate in the consumer environment, resulting in a displaced hybrid.”


The images below are from a time lapse video of Chad assembling his installation:Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 7.41.28 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 7.42.20 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 7.42.34 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 7.43.09 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 7.43.42 PM Screen Shot 2013-10-02 at 7.44.06 PM

[text and images via ChadCurtis]

One comment on “Chad Curtis

  1. eunjukimm
    October 3, 2013

    I’m always fascinated by geometry. I like the idea of using digital fabrication technology to create flat and geometric shapes and then constructing a curved (organic shaped) structure of human body to create wearable sculpture. Also I know you’re thinking about filming the models wearing your pieces and performing. I think it’d be interesting if you incorporate with sounds into your performance somehow, for instance, through dramatic movement of performance. Because i think when the ceramic pieces touch, it creates a beautiful sound even thought it is very subtle.

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