As a printmaker, Curtis has experience with many printmaking techniques from screen printing to solar plates and intaglio to photo lithography. His current body of work revolves around “modular printmaking” or the practice of creating separate, unrelated plates and then printing them together to create unique monoprints. Incorporating other techniques into his printmaking is important to him and adds context and content to his prints. Curtis embraces his fascination with process and strives to adapt printmaking techniques, concepts and process to painting, photography, sculpture and video.
My work acknowledges the contrasts between hard edge abstraction’s austere formalism and the expressive textures and luminescent color fields of abstract expressionism. Overlapping stencils to produce fluid, interconnected layers allows me to quickly compose, freely react to previous marks, and establish a unique visual vocabulary within each series. Serendipity exposes intriguing shape associations that define relationships of non-referential shapes. I transform the shapes created through this generative process into large-scale, hard-edge abstract sculptures which complete each installation by expanding the conversation between artworks and reiterating forms and colors contained within the two-dimensional works.