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CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery Presents Diamond Blind by Erin Curtis

Double Vision, 2015,  acrylic on cut canvas, 50 x 40 inches, by Erin Curtis. Courtesy of Flashpoint Gallery.

Double Vision, 2015, acrylic on cut canvas, 50 x 40 inches, by Erin Curtis. Courtesy of Flashpoint Gallery.

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Opening Reception: Friday, October 23 from 6pm to 8pm

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Cultural DC presents DC-based artist Erin Curtis’s exhibition Diamond Blind from October 24 – November 21, 2015. Curtis’s colorful, painterly exhibition will include space-specific and immersive installation work, as well as discrete paintings.

Trembling and not quite stable, Curtis’s dense and energetic paintings reveal a collision of patterns and shapes that come together to form dense surfaces that are both complex and exuberant. Created with layers of cut canvas, the work engages in a dialogue with different visual languages of abstraction from around the globe and across history and takes inspiration from hand-made textiles, body ornamentation and 20th century weavings.

With a playful hand and an aim to please the mind and the eye, Diamond Blind balances serious formalism with an indulgence in color and pattern. The work continues the tradition of abstract visual language that has existed as long as we have a record, celebrating the hand-made, marking time and pushing the tradition forward.

About the Artist
Erin Curtis is an artist living and working in Washington DC. She attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010 and been awarded fully funded residencies at Anderson Ranch (2012) and Vermont Studio Center (2014). In 2015, she was commissioned to create the 22-foot work Diamond Landscape by the Washington Project for the Arts and participated in DCCAH’s Designed to Recycle program with a printed truck design, French Trip. She has received grants from the Dallas Museum of Art and the Andy Warhol Foundation. This fall, Curtis exhibited a solo show at Big Medium Gallery (Austin, TX) and was included in School 33’s group exhibition Viscerally Yours (Baltimore, MD). She graduated from Williams College with a BA in Liberal Arts in 1999 and received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. In 2008-2009, Curtis was a Fulbright Scholar in Jaipur, Rajasthan.

Gallery Hours:

  • Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
  • or by appointment

Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW. For more information visit www.culturaldc.org.

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