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Amy Stacey Curtis

SELECTED WORKS
swap IV
2022
Wood, acrylic, vinyl, audience

Installation: approximately 40 x 40 x 1 3/4 inches (101.6 x 101.6 x 4.4 cm)
Nine, white, wall-mounted cases, each 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches (31.8 x 31.8 x 4.4 cm) with each case containing 81 acrylic-painted wooden cubes with each cube being 7/8 x 7/8 x 7/8 inches (2.2 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm) (729 cubes total)
Signed and dated on back of one case in graphite

111322
2022
Graphite on paper

Image/paper size: 11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Signed and titled on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #35198)

111822
2022
Graphite on paper

Image/paper size: 11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Signed and titled on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #35199)

111422
2022
Graphite on paper

Image/paper size: 11 x 11 inches (27.9 x 27.9 cm)
Signed and titled on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #35200)

11122
2022
Graphite on paper

Image/paper size: 5 1/2 x 14 inches (14 x 35.6 cm)
Signed and titled on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #35201)

11422
2022
Graphite on paper

Image/paper size: 5 1/2 x 14 inches (14 x 35.6 cm)
Signed and titled on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #35203)

11622
2022
Graphite on paper

Image/paper size: 5 1/2 x 14 inches (14 x 35.6 cm)
Signed and titled on reverse in graphite
(Inventory #35205)

number crunching
2018
Ink hand applied through typeset on paper with deckled edge in seven parts

Image/paper size: 2 1/2 x 10 inches each (6.4 x 25.4 cm each)
(Inventory #30775)

visage II
2016
Digital video

Over the course of a year, Curtis took video of 99 people including herself.  She asked each to count from 1 to 100 at the same pace.  Curtis gently squeezed each participant’s ankle 100+ times to convey the pace, then merged/super-imposed all 99 video clips to start at the same moment, all saying “one” simultaneously.
Duration: 2:44
Edition of 9
Signed and numbered on accompanying certificate
(Inventory #28543)

inversion II (from SPACE)

1,520 spruce posts, acrylic, oil paint, audience

10.6.12-10.26.12

In 1998, Amy Stacey Curtis began an 18-year commitment to art-making, a project which would culminate through 9 solo-biennial exhibits from the year 2000 to the year 2016. In the end, Curtis will have installed 81 large-in-scope interactive installation and new-media works in the vast mills of 8 or 9 Maine, USA towns. Each solo-biennial exhibit is a 22-month process, each exhibit exploring a different theme while requiring audience to perpetuate its multiple installations. “Without participants my work is incomplete.” The Maine Arts Commission’s 2005 Individual Artist Fellow for Visual Art, Curtis has committed to this temporary sculptural work to convey that we are a part of a whole, that everyone and everything is connected and affects.

inversion II (from SPACE)

1,520 spruce posts, acrylic, oil paint, audience

10.6.12-10.26.12

Alternate View

Before opening, Curtis installed posts in convex form. Using floor chart provided, audience transferred wood, transforming installation into concave form. Once concave form generated, installation was complete. (form at start of exhibit: 47.5″x156″x156″; form at end of exhibit: 47.5″x156″x156″)

channel I (from LIGHT)

1,080 plotter-paper cores, wood, conduit, audience

10.4.8-10.24.8

From Curtis’ EXPERIENCE and MOVEMENT, audience viewed tubes from far away, inches away, moving side to side, up and down, back and forth…Perception of light moved and changed with each participant’s perspective. (144″x84″x36″)

flux III (from TIME)

99 hourglasses, pedestal, labels, audience

10.9.10-10.28.10

One hourglass for each hour of biennial on 64-foot-long pedestal, Curtis inverted first hourglass at 12pm on October 9, 2010, marking start of exhibit. Subsequent hourglasses were inverted successively by Curtis and participants, one per exhibit hour. (each hourglass: 7″x4″; pedestal: 48″x12″x768″)

flux III (from TIME)

99 hourglasses, pedestal, labels, audience, 10.9.10-10.28.10


Alternate View

12 inches

(installation shot from “Arise: Summer Group Show” at The Barbara Krakow Gallery, June 23-July 28, 2012).

Over the course of 3 months, Curtis asked 99 people to draw a 1-inch line without using a ruler, then a 2-inch line…through 12 inches. Then, she sorted these 1,188 drawings–99 people’s 1 inch, 99 people’s 2 inches…from the shortest length to the longest length. The first drawing uses the 99 people’s perceptions of 1 inch, the second drawing uses the 99 people’s perceptions of 2 inches… For each drawing, Curtis translated the perceived measurements into concentric squares. There are 99 centered squares per drawing, all 12 drawings on 22.5″x22.5″ 140lb archival paper.

labyrinth IV (from SOUND)

9 cd players with headphones, 9 cds, tape, audience, 10.7.6-10.27.6

Each participant asked to choose and listen to one of 9 cd players… (each player: 1″x6″x6″; each path: 576″x12″)