Offramp Gallery = 1702 Lincoln Avenue = Pasadena, CA 91103 = 626.298.6931
Jessica Curtaz: That's for Remembrance
June 23 - July 28, 2013
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 23, 2-5pm
Closing Reception & Artist's Talk: Sunday, July 28, 2-5pm
Jessica Curtaz, cableknit 6, 2011, graphite on gessoed paper, 22" x 22"
Offramp Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of drawings Jessica Curtaz: That's for Remembrance from June 23 - July 28, 2013. There will be an opening reception on Sunday, June 23 from 2-5pm and a closing reception on Sunday, July 28 from 2-5pm, with an artist's talk at 3pm. Jessica Curtaz: That's for Remembrance is Curtaz's first solo exhibition at Offramp Gallery.
I approach my work as a series of moving puzzles, ones that are not just made up of pieces, but pieces within pieces, interacting in ways both intentional and not. I play with flow — the flow of shadow, of light, of the direction something is drawn. I play with abstraction and hyper-realism, light and reflection, surface and depth. In this way, my work is inspired by faceted glass, or how rippling water changes and moves, how it is transparent and substantive at the same time. Even those elements of my work that I am currently ignoring or overlooking are never static. I can only pay attention to so many specifics at one time. And drawings have a life of their own. Things happen whether I’m paying immediate attention to them or not. More than controlling every aspect of a drawing I set ideas in motion.
All of these pieces are made up objects with recurring patterns. I am interested in using these objects to draw other images. Although I am using sweaters and pinecones, I am interested in the swirls and fractal-like patterns, the abstract grids and giant fingerprints that result. I am interested in combining the patterns that do exist in a hydrangea blossom into drawings that resembles smudges and translucent sea creatures. I use the layering of repetitive pattern to draw unforeseen abstract shapes as well as highly planned lines, arcs and spheres. I like this interaction between the accidental and the intentional. It mirrors my own jumbled thought processes, encompassing the different ideas that flow through my head as I draw.
Jessica Curtaz, scale 3, 2011, graphite on gessoed paper, 15" x 15"