Press release, New York City, Aug.3, 2000. "Heaven is under your Feet."
Sculptures by internationally known artist Curtis Cuffie on view at
The 4th Street Photo Gallery, 67 East 4th Street (between 2nd and 3rd
Avenue) through Aug. 30.
This could be one of the most important shows of the summer, for
as gallery founder and director Alex Harsley states "everyone's been
waiting for Curtis to show up." In the tradition of rural southern yard
shows, bottle trees, and decorated graves turned urban, Cuffie's
constructions have bemused viewers ever since he first began to make art
in the streets of the East Village nearly fifteen years ago. This exhibit
will include sculptures from the mid to late 90s, with selections from the
"Dreamcatcher" and "Trumpet that Never Stops Blowing" series, and new
work. Highlights include "Thomas Edison," "May Pole," "Church," "Jazz,"
"Red Dress," and "Alex in Wonderland."
Curtis Cuffie remains "one of the undiscovered originals of the
art world," according to Aarne Anton of American Primitive, one of the
first venues to show Cuffie's work. Long admired by art world
intelligentsia, Cuffie's art has inspired an impressive roster of leading
performance and installation artists including most notably, David Hammons
and Roger Guenveur Smith. Cuffie's sculpture has been exhibited at Exit
Art, Tribes Gallery, Flamingo East, and other venues. It has been featured
on the cover of The New York Times Sunday Magazine, displayed by
independent curator Kenny Schachter, and written about in Artforum, Art
and Antiques, The New York Times, The Village Voice, The New York Press,
and other publications. From October 6 through September 2001, one of
Curtis Cuffie's sculptures will be included in the exhibit "Treasures of
the Soul: Who is Rich?".
Alex Harsley describes how "at any time throughout the past four
or five hundred years in Africa, Curtis Cuffie would have been an
important asset to his community with his prolific ability to communicate
with ancestral spirits. At the same time his work is always linked into
something happening now." Regarding why he makes art, Cuffie states, "I'm
a Taurus. Tauruses love beauty."