CHRISTOPHER CURTIS

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Frame for the World, 2010

FREE STANDING SCULPTURE stone  
72 x 102 x 48 in
183 x 259 x 122 cm

Gneiss boulder and granite.

Frame for the World is a significant sculpture realizing a number of themes in Curtis's practice. The exaltation of the boulder speaks to Curtis's practice of elevating stones. The intervention of the stone, cutting a hole into it, shows man's mark in the natural world. The polished surface of the square hole creates an opportunity for the viewer to experience the incredible texture of the boulder. This void in the stone makes the pathway for the viewer to not only look at it, but through it and into it. The negative space allows the viewer to experience the world on the other side through its lens. And finally, the bench created by the remnant encourages the viewer to sit, to rest, to ponder.

"When they smash atoms, they talk about the resultant particles as daughter particles," said Curtis. "I think of this two-part sculpture in that way. I like the way the two remain related somehow."

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