Radiolaria & Reef: Our Ocean’s Living Abstractions
June 7, 2019 – July 19, 2019
Second Street Gallery presented Radiolaria & Reef: Our Ocean’s Living Abstractions, an exhibition of new work by artist Tina Curtis in Second Street Gallery’s Dové Gallery.
Curtis is attracted to the urchins, coral, and microscopic species of marine life that subtly grow, breathe, and move in our world’s oceans. Radiolaria & Reef is a close study of these living abstractions from these increasingly fragile bodies of water; both the thriving and the dying reef systems of our time. This collection of work, created specifically for the exhibition at Second Street Gallery, is an assemblage of vibrant, abstract Oceanscapes consisting of bedecked kelp fronds, barnacles, gold leafed sponge coral and meticulously rendered Radiolarians, or “science lace,” as the artist refers to them.
Curtis holds a BFA in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. She has been creating commissioned art for design clients since 2012. Most recently Curtis has expanded her work to include a successful line of hand painted jewelry, limited edition holiday ornaments. Her work has been exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Charlottesville, in addition to being featured in literary journals and magazines across the country and in the United Kingdom. Curtis currently lives and works in Charlottesville, Virginia.
An opening reception for "Radiolaria & Reef" was held on First Friday, June 7 from 5:30-7:30pm, with artist remarks at 6:30pm. "Radiolaria & Reef" was recently featured as a 'must-see' in The Scout Guide.