Offramp Gallery is pleased to present an installation, sculpture & video collaboration, Jessica Curtaz & Anita Bunn: Standing Still, from January 11 - February 8, 2015. There will be an opening reception for the artists on Sunday, January 11 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, February 8 from 2-5pm.
Jessica Curtaz's series of hanging, cut-paper pieces grows out of an ongoing series of hydrangea drawings, where each successive depiction moves further and further away from its original model. Curtaz concentrates on what she finds most interesting about her subjects -- the stark venation in the flower petals and the simplified forms that underlie them -- rather than adhering to a strictly realistic depiction. Her drawings themselves, then, have become the models for successive drawings, changing and shifting as she draws.
With the cut pieces in Standing Still, Curtaz pushes this idea even further, making these impressions of transparency and movement literal and solid. Exacto-cut hydrangea clusters that resemble the leading in stained glass windows are hung, folded and tied together to create three dimensional forms. Drawings cover one side of each puzzle piece emphasizing the flatness, the “paperness” of each piece. They are then fashioned into origami-like sculptures.
These pieces, finally, are hung with filament and t-pins so that they are always suspended, always moving, always changing, sometimes casting shadows on themselves and the wall, sometimes on each other, sometimes not at all.
Anita Bunn’s digital video installation explores elements of light, shape, and shadow, wherein abstract forms interact with Jessica Curtaz’s sculptural pieces to create a layered environment of stillness and movement.
Jessica Curtaz received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University with emphasis in drawing. She had a solo exhibition, That’s for Remembrance, at Offramp Gallery in 2013, as well as solo exhibitions at Bert Green Fine Art in Chicago and Charles Hartman Fine Art in Portland, OR. She lives and works in Bryn Mawr, PA.
Anita Bunn received an MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Her fourth solo exhibition at Offramp Gallery, No Real Edge, runs concurrently with Standing Still. Bunn's work is in the collections of The Wallace Annenberg Department of Photography, LACMA; The Capital Group, Los Angeles; Scripps College, Claremont, CA; as well as many private collections. She lives and works in Los Angeles.