April 5, 2007

 

Kim Curtis: DRIVE
April 5 —May 26, 2006
Opening reception: Friday, April 13, 2007, 6-9 pm

Whether it is farmland under January ice, oceans of corn and soy in August, the turned, black Earth of December, or seas of Prairie Grass in July, the vast Illinois countryside can seem monotonous.

Climb into a car however, and you have the kinetic feedback of constant, repetitive pattern; geometry, color and light quickly shifting along these vast areas of open space. Machinery and granaries, ice beds and their sky’s reflection all compete for the brain’s attention as it quickly processes the simultaneous input of abstractions. We understand too quickly and lose the chance to revel in nameless shapes, foreign color and reiterating pattern.

The paintings in Kim Curtis’s new show DRIVE at kasia kay art projects will investigate and highlight these moving abstractions, bringing to light the elements of nature that are so easily passed by and overlooked.

Kim Curtis comes to painting from a rich background in theatrical costume design. She holds a degree from UC Berkeley in History of Art as well as in Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts. Both her costume work and her study of art have brought her to work extensively abroad, mainly in Italy and Germany. Curtis has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at kasia kay art projects, the Illinois Institute for Research in the Humanities, and Isabelle Percy West Galley, Oakland; and in numerous group shows, including at kasia kay art projects, Chicago; Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL; TOJO Art Gallery, Chicago; Springfield Art Association, Springfield; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago. Curtis also has works in private collections. She now paints in her studio in Urbana, IL.