Joy Curtis

December 15 - February 2, 2014

(extended)

Opening Reception : December 15, 2013 6-8 pm

Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, Gravity Well, 2013 acrylic, acrylic mirror, hydrocal, fiberglass, silicone 80.5 x 18 x 18 inches, 204.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, King Flunky Chassis, 2013 hydrocal, fiberglass, acrylic, acrylic mirror, silicone 80.5 x 18 x 18 inches, 204.5 x 45.7 x 45.7 cm
Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, Pyrite Louis XV Chassis, 2012 hydrocal, fiberglass, acrylic, acrylic mirror 48 x 16 x 16 inches, 121.9 x 40.6 x 40.6 cm
Joy Curtis, Conductor, 2013 canvas, proclon dye, wax 120 x 59 inches, 304.8 x 149.9 cm
Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, installation view, 2013
Joy Curtis, Gear and Eye, 2011-2013 hydrocal, paper, fiberglass, metal, acrylic 52 x 19 x 16 inches, 132.1 x 48.3 x 40.6 cm

Press Release

There is an idea in science called a “gravity well” that surmises when a body is close to a massive object, time slows down just a little.

If a person is in Death Valley, time passes slightly more slowly than if the person is standing on a mountain top, the massive object being earth.

Or, if a body is near a large structure like a Mayan pyramid, same thing, time slows very slightly.

I want my work to do something to viewer’s bodies: slow time, absorb something out of their body, and reflect themselves and the world back into their eyes.

Empty display mechanisms in my work offer something other than a product; but desire is not frustrated, as the memory can retain the experience while nothing is consumed.

Joy Curtis was born in Indiana in 1976, and now lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She has recently exhibited at Socrates Sculpture Park and the Aldrich Museum of Art. This will be her third solo show at the gallery.