I am intrigued by tenuous relationships and the satisfaction they can produce. I strive to visually capture those relationships by creating slightly awkward or off balanced compositions using non-referential, abstracted shapes. I view these compositions as a metaphor for life; nothing fits perfectly but a fragile balance can be found.
As a printmaker, I view my all if my art with a printmaker’s sensibility: Where are the layers and how do those layers add content to my message? My current body of print work revolves around modular printmaking or the practice of creating separate, unrelated matrices and then printing them together. The overlapping matrices produce fluid, interconnected layers and establish a unique visual vocabulary within each series. I incorporate other techniques into my printmaking to add context and content to my prints such as printing over stencils or spray-painting over the top of a print.
I embrace the serendipity of this process and the visual language that is created. I document the interesting compositions that are created and transform those into large-scale, abstract sculptures. The sculptures help me expand upon the original relationships, address the idiosyncrasies of each piece, and dress them up with cosmetic finishes.
Curtis was born and raised in rural South Dakota in a house that embraced creativity, artistic expression and craft. His love of raw construction grade materials comes from his father, who is a carpenter and a detail perfectionist. You can see these influences in the materials and finishes Curtis uses to complete his sculptural work and frames. Curtis’ natural inclination to experiment with art materials comes from his mother who, as a craft writer, filled the house with a variety of art supplies and opportunities to explore. These influences can be seen in Curtis’ proclivity to embrace new techniques and materials throughout his print, book art, sculpture and design work. Because of these early experiences with art, it is not surprising that Curtis considers himself an interdisciplinary artist.
Curtis earned his MFA from California State University, Northridge in 2017. During his MFA, Curtis experimented with photography, videography, physical computing and sculpture, which has become a major focus of his work. Currently, he teaches at California State University, Northridge. When he is not teaching, he enjoys working in his home studio.
Curtis lives with his incredibly supportive family, wife Genevieve, daughter Sophia, and son Evan in Camarillo, CA. When they aren’t traveling with Curtis to art openings, they enjoy long dinners, road trips, and binging on Netflix.