A Guest Post By: Alex Kelly
There is a visual history in the city of Cleveland, apparent around every winding valley road, under every dilapidated bridge, and in the air above every factory furnace. Once a mecca of industry and innovation, the city has faced the wax and wane of prosperity, artistic endeavors, and cultural renaissance for decades.
Today, Cleveland and it’s citizens are experiencing a revitalization that is largely due to the opportunities available to young entrepreneurs, designers, chefs, inventors and artists flocking to the beacon of cheap rent, public works projects and other creative outlets. Downtown Cleveland has become a playground for Creatives and what’s more, all the kids are sharing and playing well together.
This is part of the story for Andy Curlowe, a Cleveland transplant, who found his home in Cleveland after growing up in Schenectady, NY and graduating from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, MA. Andy’s paintings illustrate a natural world that has been interrupted by industry connoting a constant tug of war between the baggage people bring with them and the need for a place to put all of this (as George Carlin would say) STUFF. He paints landscapes that have become unnaturally jagged and clouded with echoes of the people who manipulated these environments. Parts of these worlds seem to be freshly bloomed, while others are overtaken, stretched or washed out into a history of brushwork. In Andy’s work, the struggle between nature and industry, is not so much a clashing of these worlds, but more of a melding where they share a singular, slightly out of focus memory.
In his newest exhibition, “Human Imprints”, Andy makes a departure from his normal painting practice. He takes his vision to the physical world, by literally imposing human experience on a natural environment. To do this, Andy assembled a tribe of friends and artists to accompany him to Corinth, Vermont. Upon arriving, Andy and his crew assembled home-made tents in a vast green field. These bright red tents contrast with the natural environment so starkly, that it leaves one wondering if these small shelters could be any less conspicuous. They offer shelter, but do they offer protection? At a distance this small village could look like a bullseye…a human buffet for Vermont’s Black Bears. Or, perhaps they appear to be a river of hot lava that these nomads are recklessly swimming in.
In addition to an installation of these tents in the center of the Survival Kit gallery space, Andy documented the entire experience with photographs that will be displayed in a series of Giclée Prints produced with love at Jakprints. Giclées utilize archival inks and print with super-fine detail. Andy chose to use Somerset 100% Cotton Museum Rag Paper by Moab, which is a 300 gsm paper stock made of 100% Cotton and is Mould Made. To ensure a lifespan of up to 150 years,it is also PH Neutral, Acid-Lignin and Chlorine Free. While Giclée prints are a wonderful way to print photographic works, they are also ideal for fine-art prints of traditional mediums like acrylic and oil paintings. Create Yours Now™ and make a custom printed Giclée with Jakprints, or visit Jakprints.com to view our full printing options.
Andy’s current “Human Imprints” exhibit will run through November 15 at Survival Kit Gallery. Don’t miss your chance to see it.