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Amy Stacey Curtis

Selected Works

array III

Amy Stacey Curtis array III 2022 Wood, acrylic, vinyl, audience

Installation: approximately 15 1/2 x 28 x 1 3/4 inches (39.4 x 71.1 x 4.4 cm)
Two, white, wall-mounted cases, each 15 1/2 x 12 3/4 x 1 3/4 inches (39.4 x 32.4 x 4.4 cm), with each containing 99 acrylic-painted wooden cubes that have been hand embossed with a number and with each cube being 7/8 x 7/8 x 7/8 inches (2.2 x 2.2 x 2.2 cm) (198 cubes total)
Signed and dated on back of one case in graphite

At first, in left case, 99 white cubes, placed algorithmically randomly “1” through “99”; in right shelf, 99 black cubes, placed in order “1” through “99”, left-to-right, top-to-down.

Working instructions:
“Place black cubes on left shelf in random order. Place white cubes on right shelf in order.
When all black cubes reach left shelf: Place white cubes on left shelf in random order. Place black cubes on right shelf in order.
When all white cubes reach left shelf: Place black cubes on left shelf in random order. Place white cubes on right shelf in order.…
If unsure in what direction cubes are moving, choose.”

Notes:
Instructions as much part of installation as other elements
Audience does not always follow instructions/interprets instructions; this is part of the art.
(Inventory #33674)

Amy Stacey Curtis array III, 2022
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swap III

Amy Stacey Curtis swap III 2022 Wood, acrylic, vinyl, audience

Installation: approximately 25 x 54 x 1 3/4 inches (63.5 x 137.2 x 4.4 xm)
Two, white, wall-mounted case, each 25 x 25 x 1 3/4 inches (63.5 x 63.5 x 4.4 cm), with each containing 324 acrylic-painted wooden cubes with each cube being 1 x 1 x 1 inches (2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm) (648 cubes total)
Signed and dated on back of one case in graphite

At first, in left shelf 324 white cubes; in right shelf 324 black cubes.

Working instructions:
“Choosing randomly, swap white and black cubes.
When all cubes in left shelf black:
Choosing randomly, swap black and white cubes.
When all cubes in left shelf white:
Choosing randomly, swap white and black cubes…
If unsure whether cubes swapping white with black or black with white, choose.”

Notes:
Instructions as much part of installation as other elements
Audience does not always follow instructions/interprets instructions; this is part of the art.
(Inventory #33675)

Amy Stacey Curtis swap III, 2022
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swap IV

Amy Stacey Curtis 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

At first, each case contains cubes of only one color.

Working instructions:
“Choosing randomly, swap any color cube with any other color cube.
When each case contains nine cubes of each color:
Choosing randomly, swap any color cube with any other color cube.
When all cubes in each case the same color:
Repeat.”

Notes:
Instructions as much part of installation as other elements
Audience does not always follow instructions/interprets instructions; this is part of the art.
(Inventory #33676)

Amy Stacey Curtis swap IV, 2022
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mirror I

Amy Stacey Curtis mirror I 2020 Wood, acrylic, vinyl, audience

Installation: approximately 27 x 70 x 1 1/4 inches (68.6 x 177.8 x 3.2 cm)
Two columns of eighteen white, wall-mounted shelves, each 1 1/4 x 32 x 1 1/8 inches (3.175 x 81.3 x 3.175 cm), with each containing 30 acrylic-painted wooden cubes (1080 cubes total)
Signed and dated on one shelf in graphite

At first, 540 black, .875″ wood cubes are set toward center in inner-most 15 slots of each column, while 540 white cubes are set toward outside in outer-most 15 slots of each column.

Working instructions:
“Switch any black cubes with any white cubes so result of participation is symmetrical. In other words, cubes on left side mirror cubes on right side.”

Notes:
Instructions as much part of installation as other elements
Audience does not always follow instructions/interprets instructions; this is part of the art.
(Inventory #31557)

Amy Stacey Curtis mirror I, 2020
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studio storage

Amy Stacey Curtis studio storage January 15, 2014 Graphite on archival paper

22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (57.2 x 57.2 cm)
(Inventory #30778)

In support of MATTER, Curtis’ 8th solo biennial of interactive installation, Curtis drew all the matter in her home including herself, 104,663 objects (any object at least 1/8″ including individual food items, i.e. each pea, cracker, ice cube). The drawings represent 104,564 objects, each object drawn where it existed the moment she drew it.

Amy Stacey Curtis studio storage, January 15, 2014
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basement

Amy Stacey Curtis basement June 5, 2014 Graphite on archival paper

22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (57.2 x 57.2 cm)
(Inventory #30779)

In support of MATTER, Curtis’ 8th solo biennial of interactive installation, Curtis drew all the matter in her home including herself, 104,663 objects (any object at least 1/8″ including individual food items, i.e. each pea, cracker, ice cube). The drawings represent 104,564 objects, each object drawn where it existed the moment she drew it.

Amy Stacey Curtis basement, June 5, 2014
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kitchen

Amy Stacey Curtis kitchen March 2, 2014 Graphite on archival paper

22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (57.2 x 57.2 cm)
(Inventory #30782)

In support of MATTER, Curtis’ 8th solo biennial of interactive installation, Curtis drew all the matter in her home including herself, 104,663 objects (any object at least 1/8″ including individual food items, i.e. each pea, cracker, ice cube). The drawings represent 104,564 objects, each object drawn where it existed the moment she drew it.

Amy Stacey Curtis kitchen, March 2, 2014
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pantry

Amy Stacey Curtis pantry March 25, 2014 Graphite on archival paper

22 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches (57.2 x 57.2 cm)
(Inventory #30783)

In support of MATTER, Curtis’ 8th solo biennial of interactive installation, Curtis drew all the matter in her home including herself, 104,663 objects (any object at least 1/8″ including individual food items, i.e. each pea, cracker, ice cube). The drawings represent 104,564 objects, each object drawn where it existed the moment she drew it.

Amy Stacey Curtis pantry, March 25, 2014
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number crunching

Amy Stacey Curtis 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)

Amy Stacey Curtis number crunching, 2018
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visage II

Amy Stacey Curtis 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)

Amy Stacey Curtis visage II, 2016
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inversion II (from SPACE)

Amy Stacey Curtis 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.

Amy Stacey Curtis inversion II (from SPACE),
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inversion II (from SPACE)

Amy Stacey Curtis 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″)

Amy Stacey Curtis inversion II (from SPACE),
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channel I (from LIGHT)

Amy Stacey Curtis 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″)

Amy Stacey Curtis channel I (from LIGHT),
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flux III (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis 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″)

Amy Stacey Curtis flux III (from TIME),
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flux III (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis flux III (from TIME)

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


Alternate View

Amy Stacey Curtis flux III (from TIME),
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12 inches

Amy Stacey Curtis 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.

Amy Stacey Curtis 12 inches,
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labyrinth IV (from SOUND)

Amy Stacey Curtis 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″)

Amy Stacey Curtis labyrinth IV (from SOUND),
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labyrinth IV (from SOUND)

Amy Stacey Curtis labyrinth IV (from SOUND)

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Amy Stacey Curtis labyrinth IV (from SOUND),
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meniscus I (from EXPERIENCE)

Amy Stacey Curtis meniscus I (from EXPERIENCE)

glass, water, metal, plastic, droppers, audience, 7.7.0-8.15.0

Audience maintained nine menisci for duration of exhibit, adding water to installation when necessary. (72″x14″x6″)

Amy Stacey Curtis meniscus I (from EXPERIENCE),
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meniscus I (from EXPERIENCE)

Amy Stacey Curtis meniscus I (from EXPERIENCE)

glass, water, metal, plastic, droppers, audience, 7.7.0-8.15.0

Alternate View

Amy Stacey Curtis meniscus I (from EXPERIENCE),
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place (from SPACE)

Amy Stacey Curtis place (from SPACE)

1,080 slate tiles, acrylic, audience, 10.6.12-10.26.12

Before opening, Curtis installed tiles white-side-up in a 20×54 configuration. Audience each walked upon tiles to pause upon any single white tile of choice. Then, he or she flipped this tile before walking upon tiles to exit installation. Once all tiles inverted, or once exhibit ended–whichever came first–installation complete. (.25″x297″x807″, 20×54 configuration; each tile: ~.25″x12″x12″)

Amy Stacey Curtis place (from SPACE),
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place (from SPACE)

Amy Stacey Curtis place (from SPACE)

1,080 slate tiles, acrylic, audience, 10.6.12-10.26.12

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Amy Stacey Curtis place (from SPACE),
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relativity II (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis relativity II (from TIME)

9 chairs, 9 timers, wood, drywall, audience, 10.9.10-10.28.10

Participants entered each of up to nine booths, attempting to remain in first booth for one minute, second booth for two minutes, third booth for three minutes, through to ninth booth for nine minutes. Each booth had optional count-up timer for those interested in accuracy. If participants chose to participate in all nine booths, and were accurate, they were in booths total of 45 minutes. (each booth: 96″x48″x48″)

Amy Stacey Curtis relativity II (from TIME),
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relativity II (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis relativity II (from TIME)

9 chairs, 9 timers, wood, drywall, audience, 10.9.10-10.28.10

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Amy Stacey Curtis relativity II (from TIME),
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undoing (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis undoing (from TIME)

86,617 feet of acrylic yarn, plexiglas, audience

10.9.10-10.28.10

Curtis crocheted hour every day for year; tying yarn together from 36 large skeins so continuous. Starting October 9, participants removed yarn from form, placing undone yarn into plexiglas box. Installation was complete once “undone” or once biennial ended at 5pm, October 28–whichever came first. (form at start of exhibit: .25″x108″x864″; plexiglas box: 16″x16″x84″)

Photo by Luc Demers

Amy Stacey Curtis undoing (from TIME),
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undoing (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis undoing (from TIME)

86,617 feet of acrylic yarn, plexiglas, audience

10.9.10-10.28.10

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Amy Stacey Curtis undoing (from TIME),
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undoing (from TIME)

Amy Stacey Curtis undoing (from TIME)

86,617 feet of acrylic yarn, plexiglas, audience, 10.9.10-10.28.10

Photo by Kathryn Bean Davis

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Amy Stacey Curtis undoing (from TIME),
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undulation III (from LIGHT)

Amy Stacey Curtis undulation III (from LIGHT)

36 mirrors, duct tape, fishing line, audience, 10.4.8-10.24.8

Audience instructed to walk slowly between two rows of mirrors where they observed their undulating infinite reflections. (78″x60″x756″; each mirror 12″x48″)

Amy Stacey Curtis undulation III (from LIGHT),
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undulation III (from LIGHT)

Amy Stacey Curtis undulation III (from LIGHT)

36 mirrors, duct tape, fishing line, audience, 10.4.8-10.24.8

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Related Information

  • Artist’s Exhibitions at Krakow Witkin Gallery
  • Amy Stacey Curtis Biography
  • Additional Links