Opening Reception: Thursday, February 5 from 6pm to 8pm
On view February 5 – April 24, 2015.
Diamond Landscape is a 6 foot x 21 foot installation of 126 brightly-colored, one-foot-square birch panels that are assembled to form a cohesive abstract geometric work. This newly commissioned piece, which the artist alternately calls Good Luck 2015, incorporates patterns and imagery associated with an auspicious new year such as rabbits, feathers, and diamonds.
While designed to be read from a distance, Diamond Landscape also delights the close-in viewer, revealing the work as a collection of small paintings. The installation will be assembled as a whole for the first time at the Lobby Project and will be adjusted and rearranged by the artist throughout the run of the exhibition. This playful movement echoes the studio process of the work’s creation and provides a visual reward to observant regular visitors to the space.
The work reflects Curtis’s interest in shape, pattern, and repetition and her sources of inspiration: antique Soumak rugs, the hand weavings of Anni Albers and NoMa’s old and new architecture. Curtis is drawn to the NoMa neighborhood because of its mix of historical past and expansive future; she hopes to mirror the creative energy of the neighborhood through this vibrant installation.
About the Artist
Erin Curtis is a DC-based artist whose work explores geometric abstraction, decoration, repetition, and ornamentation and their historical roots in weaving, architecture, ritual, and body ornamentation. Curtis received her BA from Williams College and her MFA from University of Texas at Austin. In 2009 she was a Fulbright Scholar in Jaipur, India and in 2010 she studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has had solo exhibitions throughout Texas at The Contemporary Austin; David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio; Conduit Gallery, Dallas; and Champion Gallery, Austin. Curtis is a 2013 recipient of the Idea Fund Grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation.
For more information visit the artist’s website.
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is an independent, nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art. WPA supports artists at all stages of their careers and promotes contemporary art by presenting exhibitions, issues, and ideas that stimulate public dialogue on art and culture.
About Lobby Project
Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is honored to partner with the NoMa Business Improvement District (NoMa BID) to create the Lobby Project’s changing installation of artwork by outstanding artists. The project is an activation of an office lobby at 1200 First Street NE with a ‘Nerds in NoMa’ speaker series, art, wifi, lectures, and the creation of a new social and professional gathering space. Previous installations have included work by Gabriel Mellan, Amanda Leigh Burnham, Edmond van der Bijl, Fawna Xiao, Anthony Palliparambil, Michael Crossett, and JD Deardourff.
The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE. For more information visit https://www.wpadc.org/exhibitions/lobby-project-erin-curtis.