Curtis Carman

b.1959

Curtis Carman received his MFA (2006) in sculpture from Hunter College. His work, which includes sculpture, installation, performance, and photography, investigates the mediation of constructed identity in social arenas and subsequent dislocation. Carman, using a variety of materials and found objects, often employs wit, frivolity, and travesty to subvert the norms of conformity. In addition to his own performance work, he has also appeared with Karen Finley and Michael Mahalchick. Carman’s work has been exhibited locally and internationally, including LMCC Swing Space, La Mama Gallery, The Jersey City Museum, General Public in Berlin, and Documenta XII in Kassel, Germany. Past awards include an LMCC Artist Grant, a Visual Aids Artist Grant, and a Tom Woods Award.

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I am a producer of conundrums and fanciful scenarios. Frivolity, wit, travesty, and drama are at play in my vision, setting a stage for freedom and individuality. Found objects, home improvement materials, and consumer products become absurd sets for cultural phenomenon to act. Constructing socially informed spaces of artifice that waiver between the real and the imaginary, I seek to entice the viewer into questioning the architecture of identity.

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