Garry Currin has an unparalleled ability to take the viewer on a journey from fact into fiction, from structure to sensation. He reveals the bones and the geomorphic structures beneath the landscape but does so in such a way that the atmospheres created rise like secretions to reconstruct the very thing first seen. It is as if the surface and what is underneath can be viewed simultaneously and, in a waxing and waning process, pulse back and forth: now you see it, now you don’t.
Remarkable paintings (such as Voices of Earth/Fire, Untitled Approach, 200 Feet; Small Portions of the Eternal World) possess numerous layers and rhythms. These works achieve the fullest expressions and tonal flourishes characteristic of orchestral music, evidencing Currin’s stylistic coherence, artistic breadth and unique virtuosity. He combines abstraction with the representational, uses filmic and stage set allusions to build portent and fluxing metaphors of time.
Currin is a visual magician but unmistakeably a story teller too. His language is allegorical in nature, insisting that emotional connection and underlying energy shape what we intuit and come to experience. Currin doesn’t offer explanations but presents ceaseless cues that connect the landscape back and forth to who we are.