NUMB, WilliamsonKnight Gallery, 2018
In NUMB, a portable massage chair, glass slag, industrial rubber, and pieces of steel conjure the breakdown of communication between body, brain, and speech patterns. Painted tumbleweeds, that are sharp to the touch, bring forth sensations of numbness and discomfort. For Curtis, this is the pinnacle of an emotional response—when verbal communication ceases and haptic reactions take control of one’s own experience.
This exhibition offers a range of feelings and emotions through sculptures: confusion, reflection, engagement, and futility. A masseuse has been hired to serve the viewing public on opening night. Massages will be provided on first come first serve basis—making visible the condition in which the body is transformed beyond viewership and towards that of an experiential receptor.