Piece description from the artist
Nature at night is something which can strike fear into the heart of many people. The unknown, the mystery, treading where others would not, is a task often left to artists or other somewhat neglected segments of humanity. Rarely would I encounter other humans in my wanderings at night, but when such an experience occurred, I was often left to explain my actions in a way that sounded the least insane. What person in their right mind would be out here in the dead of night, swinging lights around in front of a camera? A few times, I believe I have truly frightened some people who, upon seeing glimpses of my work from afar, were convinced of their extraterrestrial origins. No matter, for these works are indeed an attempt at accessing otherworldly states of being.
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.