Putting a modern spin on the ancient art of mosaics, Michael Curry creates one of a kind wall sculptures for design teams, commercial settings, and private homes. Constructed with innovative, three dimensional techniques, these hand cut mosaics offer kinetic appeal as they meld both color and shape.
With his studio located in midtown Manhattan, the majority of Michael’s work is focused in the greater New York City area, including works on permanent display in the Empire State Building and the lobby of the newly opened Jackson Park. Works on public display include the lobby of Miami’s East Hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis, and the lobby of the Luxe City Center Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.
Currently Michael’s works are on exhibition at MoMath: The National Museum of Mathematics and he has been a regular presenter at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show. His most recent gallery exhibition was at Gallery Plan B in Washington DC, while past solo exhibitions include Projection in 2007, Triptych in 2008, and Eye Candy in 2009 at Club H in Manhattan.
As a child, I was given a set of colorful Play Plax blocks. I would sit and create with the luminous, interlocking blocks for hours, holding them up to the light, mesmerized by the way in which the shapes and colors could blend and morph. That same fascination is what drives my work today: the three dimensional aspect employed in all of my pieces serves as a means to experiment with color transformation, reflection, and shadow. Glass has been the primary material for this exploration because of its reflective and translucent properties which are ideal for interplay with light. Another essential component of my work is repetition. Greatly intrigued by fractal geometry and the concept of self-similarity, many of my pieces begin by creating a single tessera and breaking it down into smaller units or recreating it multiple times to discover what pattern may emerge. Other times, equal distribution or simply random placement of tiles is what guides the direction of a given piece. Whatever the approach, the ultimate goal remains the same: to create a hypnotic experience for the viewer, much as my colorful blocks did for me.