Piece description from the artist
The many armed beast of modernity is an all encompassing force, imposing its will on man and nature alike. The title of this piece stands for: Power. Innocence. Money. Privilege. War. Access. Religion. Success. and is a critique on the pressures individuals face in the midst of our ever-changing meta-landscape of information, media, and conflict. We are given the illusion of freedom and choice, but often discover our hand is forced, or a hand is forced upon us, once we have achieved a certain level of success or 'chosen' a certain path. All too often, dreams die in the corporate struggle, resulting in wage slaves, forced to express themselves through taboo, violence, or absurdity in order to feel alive again.
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.