Sit Calm
Curtis Erlinger

August 7 - 30, 2014

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, August 7, 2014

In his final show at PUNCH, Curtis Erlinger presents an arrangement of mixed media works that focus on location and displacement. Drawing from walks, observational drifts, and found objects, Sit Calm is a temporal meditation on the way objects and situations affect emotion and behavior. The work TV Guide (Remote) presents an inversion of the outdoors as a flimsy, collaged facade. In the work I Belong to SAM, children’s building blocks and a tattered printed flash card are temporarily removed from the family play area of Seattle Art Museum, reproduced as replicas, and then returned to their original location. Swaying between anxiety and humor, attention is drawn to the constructed nature of the moment, with the intention of discovering new perspectives.

Curtis Erlinger (Saint Louis, MO, 1975) received an MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Missouri. The scope of his overall work is an effort to simultaneously commemorate the elusive moment while resisting the pull of nostalgia.Although fragments from personal archives and found imagery are meticulously translated and retraced, the fleeting attempt to put everything in its right place and reconstruct what has been lost only highlights the inability to do so.

As an arts educator, Curtis developed foundations curriculum for the Visual Studies Program at the University of Buffalo (SUNY), creative writing and photography classes for youth at CEPA (Center for Exploratory and Perceptual Arts), and several arts workshops at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Kirkland Arts Center, and Frye Art Museum. Curtis currently teaches visual art at The Northwest School in Seattle. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, recent projects include collaborating on a green roof project with Buster Simpson and large-scale murals with ERAS.

Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Justin Gibbens
(more info)


Curtis Erlinger
I Belong To SAM
Replica of a printed card removed and
returned to the Knudsen Family Room
at the Seattle Art Museum
Acrylic on cardstock, 28” x 44” (1:4 scale), 2014