Piece description from the artist
Reading is swiftly becoming lost in the wake of new media and ever-shrinking attention spans. The quietude, patience, and introspection required of a reader is something rare to behold these days. Oddly enough it was the first means of discovering new worlds, of exploring new modes of reality and thinking for many people. To read is to consciously isolate yourself from the onslaught of commercialism, take a step outside of normality, and delve into another side of the human experience. My friend, the philosopher, can often be found with a book in hand. The energy and revitalization he experiences as a result of his readings and musings are visibly etched upon his being when he looks up from the pages of whatever tome he has opened. This is for the bookworms.
Marcis Curtis is an American artist living in St. Louis, Missouri. He holds a B.A. in international relations from The Colorado College, and has received a powerful, yet informal, education in design and art-making through his friends and colleagues. He is interested in the dynamism that arises when art intersects with other practices. Marcis shoots photographic images, draws, paints, sculpts, and learns constantly. Currently, he is creating art that activates space and engages viewers, challenging them to stop, experience a moment of wonder, and ask questions.
Curtis, who has shown work nationally and sold internationally, was selected for the Dean's Award for Artistic Excellence at the University of Maine for his photography. He is inspired by artists such as "Andre Cartier-Bresson":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henri_Cartier-Bresson, "Gerhard Richter":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerhard_richter, "Alex Grey":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_Grey, "Mars 1":http://mars-1.com/, "Jeff Soto":http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Soto, and many others.
For Marcis, art-making is problem solving. Commissions are particularly enjoyable, giving him a new puzzle to work out.