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
“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.”
Join us February 1st, 2020 from 1PM-3PM For or a Gallery Walk through with participating artists followed by a Panel Discussion on "Migration and Art” with Pavel Acevedo, Marianne Sadowski and Phumilelele Tshabalala
Included in this exhibition is a special preview of PAPER BOATS, a small flotilla will be on view in preparation for LA Printmaking on view at SGCI 2023 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
The ImMigration Project, back from an exciting installation in Venice Italy, in October 2019 currently comprises 145 artists from all over North America and Europe!