Laurence Curtis

Last day Thursday 1st of March

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This is the first solo exhibition of works by Laurence Curtis for six years, it focuses on his new ceramic artworks. Curtis over the last few years has been working on a body of work that has slowly coalesced together. He often quotes Paul Klee; who he remembers seeing first on the front covers of LP’s in a record store. Klee’s quote on the idea that its ok to start with chaos, and then bring order seems relevant, Curtis’s studio appearing to the untrained eye a little chaotic, but he has created for himself a place that has the right set of conditions for creativity and productivity to manifest itself.

When Curtis first attended art school he wanted to be creative, he tried lots of different things, he found that he was drawn to ‘sculpture’ which seemed natural to him. Before his art education he hitchhiked to the Tate and he came into contact with works by Constantin Brâncuși who was one of the first sculptors that left an impression on him. There is a real variety in the different approaches and materials that Curtis has used and experimented with since he left art school in the 1970s.

In these new artworks, the natural looking Verdigris, the mixture of smooth and rough cracked surfaces in these new ceramic works make them almost look like vessels that were unearthed or organically formed fossils rather than being man made. Since being a young boy, Curtis has been a frequent visitor of museums to look at the objects. He values an object not for its contemporality but for how it speaks to him.

Curtis has no expectation for the viewer, he sees the relationship between his work and the viewer rather like the analogy that Wittgenstein made of the Beetle in a Box. Wittgenstein stated that we all have a beetle in our boxes... but we are never allowed to see in anyone else’s box at their beetle. Very… very… roughly what Wittgenstein believed was that we all have our own private meanings and relationships to things, but these relationships remain clouded from others because we cannot fully communicate a true representation of our own experience and understanding of things.

Past Exhibitions

Visual Stream
Recent Paintings by Jeff Dellow

Fun Factory
Alan Van Wijgerden
7th - 21st December

James Faure Walker
10th - 22th October

Jennifer Shufflebotham
10th -30th August

Kiran Samra
15th - 29th April

Precision of Thought
22nd April - 27th May
Andrew Graves, Louisa Chambers, Gary Wragg
James Faure Walker, Anthony Wishaw, Trevor Sutton

Trevor Sutton
Assembly and Image
18 March – 1 April

John Yeadon: Control Rooms
27th January - 16th Feburary

New Rooms
11th-30th December 2016
Louisa Chambers, Fahmida Choudhury, Lisa Denyer
Gabriele Herzog, Marielle Hehir, Erin Lawlor, Katrin Mäurich
Marion Piper, Sabine Tress

Location: 16 Lower Holyhead Rd, Coventry, CV1 3AU