April 4—May 10, 2008
Kim Curtis: Disruption (Main Gallery)
Andrea Loefke: Folding an orange fish out of newspaper (Project Room)

Opening reception April 4, 2008, 6-9 pm

Kim Curtis, Long Fall, oil on panel, 6’ x 5.5”, 2007 (detail)


Rarely do we have a pure visual experience.  We are continually being disrupted in our viewing of even the most mundane things.  Glare off reflective surfaces, people or things passing between us and the view - not to mention fleeting thoughts and noise - all act as interruptions to observation. Kim Curtis’ process of painting capitalizes on this same kind of interference. Because we viewers are so adept at quickly reconstructing these relationships into something recognizable, her use of disruption paired with the courtship of abstract shape and color pattern over realistic reference helps to avoid literalism in her “landscapes.”

Andrea Loefke creates installations where fictional narratives, dream worlds with anchors in the real, occupy a space between familiarity and fantasy. The environments are systems – overlapping worlds, groups and subgroups that are juxtaposed and united through scale, color, sound, form, space, and material. With the continuous pushing and pulling among the elements of this vocabulary, Loefke creates hierarchies of events and narratives, which compete and communicate. Loefke develops pathways for the viewer to travel, linking micro with macro worlds, encouraging notions of irritation, and implying movement of the objects, all asking the viewer to relate oneself to the objects and the situations they present. The viewer is asked to weave his or her own story and sensations, to believe and to wonder.

Kim Curtis comes to painting from a rich background in theatrical costume design.  She holds a degree from UC Berkeley in History of Art as well as in Painting from the California College of Arts and Crafts.  Both her costume work and her study of art have brought her to work extensively abroad, mainly in Italy and Germany.  Curtis has exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at kasia kay art projects, the Illinois Institute for Research in the Humanities, and Isabelle Percy West Galley, Oakland; and in numerous group shows, including at kasia kay art projects, Chicago; Bleu Acier Gallery, Tampa, FL; TOJO Art Gallery, Chicago; Springfield Art Association, Springfield; and Woman Made Gallery, Chicago. Curtis also has works in various private collections.  She now paints in her studio in Urbana, IL.

Andrea Loefke, Folding an Orange Fish Out of Newspaper, mixed media, dimensions variable, 2008 (detail)

Andrea Loefke is a German born sculptor/installation artist with a Masters degree in Art and Physical Education from Leipzig, Germany (2000) and an MFA in Sculpture from Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio (2003). She has had numerous solo exhibitions including at the Sculpture Center, and SPACES, Cleveland, 2004; PH Gallery, New York, 2005: “Ene mene miny mo”; Kiehle Gallery, 2006; PH Gallery, New York, NY and at Galerie Schuster, Frankfurt, Germany: “Das muss gefeiert werden! Mit Krokant, Kandiszucker, Kremhuetchen,..!”, 2007; Islip Art Museum, East Islip, NY; and Michael Steinberg Gallery, New York, NY. Numerous group shows and reviews in Sculpture Magazine (Dec, 2006, Vol. 25, p. 77-78), Brooklyn Rail (Vol. June 2005, p. 19) and in one of the main German newspapers, Frankfurter Allgemeine (Vol. 190, Thursday, August 17th, p.48) have accompanied the solo exhibitions throughout the past few years. Forthcoming is a feature in Sculpture Magazine, published in their 2008 March issue, “Once Upon A Time: A Conversation between Paul Black and Andrea Loefke”. During the summer months of this year, Loefke will be a resident at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art in Omaha, NE.