"I don't know if I've made any significant contributions other than following the advice of an early mentor to 'keep making art'," says Val Curry, sculptor and installation artist about making art in Dallas.
But he's probably wrong about that. This guy is one of the most interesting people you will meet in Dallas. He just keeps making art that has people talking, whether it's the giant outdoor cat sanctuary he has built in his backyard, his window installation with Robert David Reedy at Urban Outfitters Mockingbird Station, or his recent show at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary that displayed his view of the Universe--and it's one that's full of spirals and waste--Curry has a unique take on the world, and it is through his art that he communicates it.
How did you first find your way into your craft? Growing up, my grandfather and grandmother where big creative influences on me. My grandmother was a piano teacher and played the organ in church. During the summers, I would stay with my grandfather and work with all the power tools and strange machinery he had in his small aircraft repair shop. Those two different environments somehow came together in an intuitive/rational synthesis that guides me today.
If you had to describe your aesthetic in five words, what would they be? "Inspired by nature," rational, and intuitive
Why do you do what you do? In an attempt to find answers, but lately it's been bringing up a lot more questions...
What in your daily life inspires you? My wife, Michelle.
What's your next big project? My MFA thesis show in January 2015. Hopefully, there will be some surprises...to the audience and myself!
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What is something that Dallas doesn't know about you? I was born and raised, for the first ten years of my life, in a community founded by an author and spiritual teacher to be an intentional sustainable community. While the community had many flaws, it has continued to be an inspiration to me, and on my vision of how I want to create my life.
What's your day job? I am the full time display artist at the Mockingbird Station Urban Outfitters.
A mystery patron offers you unlimited funds for life. What will you do with it? Immediately start implementing my cult!
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