October 7 - 30, 2010
Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, October 7, 2010
PUNCH presents Rendered Invisible, recent works by Curtis Erlinger. Using snapshots as source material, Erlinger adopts his parents' collection of personally meaningful moments, converting them into handmade meticulous ink drawings. A tenuous relationship is revealed in the work – as the drawings faithfully retrace a carefree past, they simultaneously resist the attempt to approach a personal history. Sliding between hyper-real and blurry, sentimental private moments are depicted as double-exposed while intervening layers of shadowy fabric obscure delicate details. Erlinger's overall project commemorates the elusive moment, however impossible it may be, by highlighting the inability to do so.
Erlinger studied at the University of Missouri (1993-1997) where he learned to draw under Frank Stack (who created The Adventures of Jesus (1962), considered by many as the first underground comic book). After mentoring Seattle area youth in the AmeriCorps/VISTA program (1999-2002), Erlinger returned to the University of Missouri, received an MFA (2005), then went on to develop and teach visual studies foundations curriculum at SUNY Buffalo (2006-2008). Returning to Seattle with his wife Lauren, Erlinger continues on his path as an educator (Pratt and the Kirkland Arts Center) and exhibiting artist (recently a new member of SOIL and PUNCH). Rendered Invisible is his first exhibition at PUNCH.
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