Erin Curtis

 

 

Austin-based Erin Curtis plays in patterns. As she says of her cut-canvas works, "The paintings are intensely handmade and united in their dense weavings of color that work to suffocate a space that is continually built up, broken down, stopped and reversed." These pieces almost defy perception and classification; her paintings use the material indicative of the medium, but are layered almost as collage. These compositions mimic the order of traditional tapestries, thick with texture and form, though Curtis is more playful and chaotic than any textile can offer.

These paintings are a demonstration of work, incredibly intensive in the labor they require. Though they might seem maximal upon a quick glance, they are a struggle to bargain with harmony, to find colors and pattern that will please the eye.

Curtis has done her part to search for these pairings of form and hue. She has traveled to India on Fulbright fellowship, and studied at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Her exhibitions reflect this curiosity about the foreign and the unknown. As in her 2017 exhibition with the gallery, "Jungle Transmission", which features a variety of large cut canvas on painted canvas works; deep green mysteries of foliage encumbered by bright raining plus signs and other particles. The work is always doing that: pushing and pulling at the eye of the beholder.

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions
  • 2019  Night and Day, Galveston Arts Center, Galveston, TX
  • 2017  Expedition Batikback, Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX
  • 2017  Jungle Transmission, Conduit Gallery, Dallas TX
  • 2016  100% Acrylic, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA
  • 2016  Sondheim Semi-Finalists Exhibition at Artscape, Baltimore, MD
  • 2015  A Narrow Escape from History, Big Medium, Austin, TX
  • 2015  Diamond Blind, Flashpoint Gallery, Washington, DC
  • 2015  Viscerally Yours, School 33 Art Center, Baltimore, MD
  • 2015  Sondheim Semi-Finalists Exhibition at Artscape, Baltimore, MD
  • 2015  Splitting Light, University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY
  • 2015  Art in Embassies, US Department of State Exhibition, New Delhi, India
  • 2015  Good Senses, 101 Exhibit, Los Angeles, CA
  • 2013  Furthest West, The Contemporary, Austin, TX
  • 2012  Prosperity Garden, David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX
  • 2012  Album of the Conqueror, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX
  • 2012  Resident Exhibition, Patton-Malott Gallery, Snowmass, CO

 

PUBLIC ART & COMMISSIONED WORKS

2018  Kedzie Jewel, Chicago Transit Authority, Chicago, IL

  • 2017  Recreational Geometry, Facebook, Austin, TX

  • 2016  Beaded Curtain, exterior mural, The Torpedo Factory, Alexandria, VA

  • 2016  Vertical Landscape, Permanent collection of the US Embassy, Kabul, Afghanistan, Art in Embassies, US Department of State

  • 2016  Top Knot Mural, interior mural, Top Knot, Dallas, TX2015

  • 2015  French Trip, DCCAH Designed to Recycle printed truck wrap design, Washington, DC

  • 2015  Diamond Landscape, The Lobby Project in NoMA, Washington, DC

  • 2015  Nature and Opulence, 4 traffic control box designs, commissioned by the City of Alexandria, VA2013

  • 2013  Pedestrian Geometries, City of Austin $158,000 Public Art Commission to create a permanent series of 25 sculptures for downtown 3rd Street, TX