Christopher Kurtz: Singularity at HEDGE

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Hedge Gallery presents:

Christopher Kurtz
8 February – 13 April 2013

Hedge Gallery presents the new sculpture work of artist Christopher Kurtz. This stunning body of work is made up of constructed and carved pieces of wood that appear to elongate and stretch out into dynamic compositions, possibly suggesting a collapse and explosion of stars or light traveling infinitely through space.

Free standing, suspended from the ceiling, perched on top of a pedestal or mounted on the wall, all of the sculptures consider balance and gesture that is familiar to us all. Kurtz sees dance, particularly ballet as one of his sources of inspiration. “To leap and to land on point, to stretch and elongate an arm or leg, to hold the position, and yield to gravity with grace, is the essence of my interest in sculpture. The act of making sculpture is a protest against gravity. To erect something and make it stand up is an act of hubris, but it is essential to humans affirming their existence.”

Kurtz was an assistant to American sculptor Martin Puryear for 5 years (1999-2004) where he had refined his wood working skills and began maturing as an artist. Over the course of his career he has received numerous awards and grants, including the prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Award in 2005 and in 2007 he received a New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) Award. Kurtz currently serves as an advisor for the NYFA in the field of crafts.

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