February 18 — March 24, 2012
Album of the Conqueror
Album of the Conqueror features a collection of images in the form of paintings and drawings that span continents and condense timelines. With an interest in anthropology and an eye toward architecture and decoration, Curtis borrows from 15th century textiles from Uzbekistan, American parking garages, the overnight buildings of China’s ‘instant cities’ and the mundane suburban landscapes of anywhere. The works are intensely handmade and united in their dense weavings of color. Their architecture sways and breaks down into flatness while textile-derived patterns seem to structuralize, solidify and break apart.
Erin Curtis earned and M.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Liberal Arts from Williams College, Williamstown, MA. Residencies include; Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO, the Kashi Art Residency, Kochi, Kerala, India, the Vermont Studio Center in Johnson, VT and Skidmore College Summer Six Fellowship in Saratoga Springs, NY. Fellowships and awards include; a Fulbright Scholarship traveling to Jaipur,India, The Fearing Award -Austin’s Best 2-D artist of 2009, David Price Endowed Presidential Scholarship, University of Texas at Austin, The Berkshire Art Association Prize, Berkshire Museum of Art and the Peyser Prize in Painting from Williams College.