Guardino Show 2017 Statement

Michael Kurz is a painter from Portland. In this collection of all new work he investigates boundaries and markings that divide one space from another. “Within this theme, I am interested in exploring when one thing becomes something else, for example how a line on the ground can determine where we can and cannot park and then another line on the ground determines our citizenship.” Kurz explains that his interest in this theme started as a reaction to the border wall proposal in US presidential politics, but he expanded the concept during a flight from Mexico to the US. “I got an aerial view of the land below and I saw this patchwork of farms, residential areas, commercial areas and then I also saw how oceans, rivers, and mountain ranges cut through all of these distinct lines that humans make. It made me want to scrutinize what a border is.” Kurz explores borders of different types from large scale, physical barriers to lines that compartmentalize elements of our daily life. He applies his painterly sense of exploration and improvisation to the work, meandering between abstract and representational painting. A sense of wonder and discovery drive the artist to experiment continuously. “I hope that this work is engaging and multifaceted. This is a new approach for me as an artist to add some provocation to the aesthetic beauty I like to achieve in painting.”


 

I show my art around Portland and at my Studio. Please contact me to stop by for a visit. I enjoy painting commissions. Anything on my site can serve as inspiration for a new painting.

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The work: Guardino Gallery Show 2017