ORA ET LABORA 2017 Etching Plate size (each plate): 36"x24"

Curtis Bartone

https://www.curtisbartone.com

Curtis Bartone's work explores how human beings perceive, define, and mythologize wilderness and our fragmented view of our place in the environment. His recent pieces combine various perceptions of the natural world, ranging from non-objective, scientific views to Judeo-Christian ideas of mankind’s dominion over “every living thing that moveth upon the earth” to “pagan” views of natural occurrences as codes or messages to be deciphered. Bartone fuses Renaissance painting, 17th-century Dutch still life, 19th-century scientific illustration, literature, and collections in natural science museums, with a contemporary aesthetic informed by photography and mass media. His work has been shown in 21 solo exhibitions and in more than 80 group exhibitions in several countries. He has received numerous grants and awards, including two Illinois Arts Council Grants, and has been awarded several residencies--most recently, the Emmanuel College Artist Residency in Boston for the summer of 2016. There, he will be creating a suite of etchings based on the ten plagues of Egypt. Currently, Mr. Bartone resides in Savannah, Georgia with his wife and seven cats. He splits his time between making prints and teaching printmaking at the Savannah College of Art and Design.

“When I draw on a surface I start perceiving emerging forms. I am curious. Some marks are explicit and others ambiguous. I am usually not aware of anything specific, but follow the impulse to experience fecund possibility. I am intrigued and obsessed with this realm. It is in this state where mystery lives. It is in this state I feel most at home. Mystery in a work is vital for me. Being in the moment and keeping the work alive are the essence. I believe that as individuals, we have our interpretations and perceptions as unique indicators that are more intimate an imprint than our genetics. They inform the mesh of our experience, knowledge and intuition and do somehow become our existence.”
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