from an old drawing

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© Courtesy of the artist & Elizabeth Harris Gallery
from an old drawing

529 W.20th St.
10011 New York
April 19th, 2012 - June 2nd, 2012
Opening: April 19th, 2012 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6; Summer Hours: July - Tue-Fri 11-6; August - open by appointment


The Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of sculpture titled from an old drawing by Steve Currie.  This will be his fourth solo exhibition with the gallery.

In a statement about this current body of work Currie writes:

Much of  this work is culled from a few old drawings of 7 to 15 years ago. Sometimes the whole drawing is used --- sometimes  a fragment. The drawings of lines have been transformed into wire and plastic lines. This group of sculptures is about looking back in order to go forward.

The wires at times develop a  volumetric form, at times are tangles, and at times are expansive to define an area. In contrast to the fluid and ephemeral wire and tubes, solid and supportive forms made by a layering process provide a place for the linear matrix to coalesce. The solid forms of wood, plastic, and plaster are assembled in layered increments with openings to provide a sense of the interior. I have an interest in transparent forms. The wire lines provide definition and transparency simultaneously.

Tangles and systems of nature as well as tangles and systems of artifice are integral to the pieces. Routes, maps, utility pipes, conduits of transportation and conduits of liquid are also present. Wood makes an appearance for the first time in years as  both a crafted material and a found material. Integrated plastic is representative of the realm of artifice.

Mario Naves wrote about my previous work: "You'd be hard pressed to name 2 schools of art more disparate than Surrealism and Minimalism. Surrealism seeks to tap into the deepest recesses of the human psyche, rendering in concrete form its irrational impulses and unpalatable desires. Minimalism’s goal is the eradication of metaphor in favor of the coercive certainty of literalism. The former embraces allusiveness, the latter negates it. The two aesthetics are philosophically incompatible. But then there’s Steve Currie, whose sculptures at Elizabeth Harris Gallery make hash of these distinctions with weird and compelling dexterity."  With this in mind I started mining the old drawings. It has been reassuring to see old ideas resurface in a form that is simultaneously new but retains the essence of the past sculpture and past ideas.