Imagine it.

You’re walking through a forest unencumbered by the glare of a cellphone screen, the ping of e-mails, the bustle of your life. You’re absorbed in the natural wonders that surround you. 

If you’re artist Kevin Curry, one piece of nature’s puzzle captivates you most of all.

The rocks. 

Curry’s love for rocks began when he was an artist-in-residence with the Grand Canyon–Parashant National Monument. 

As it is a national park, no one is permitted to remove anything from it. A born rebel, Kevin became fixated on the idea of transporting something out of the park while leaving it there. 

Rocks, often overlooked or kicked aside, became his chief subject matter. He utilizes a technique called photogrammetry: taking a photo of the rock to digitally collect it and then 3-D printing it. The final form is a topographic map of the rock’s location transposed onto the surface of the 3-D rock sculpture.

“These rocks are something that people normally wouldn’t give a second thought to,” Curry says. “I enjoy thinking about very normal things; things we step over and around, I find fascinating.” 

The collection, “Tripping Over the Same Stone,” will debut at Thomasville Center for the Arts Downtown on June 6 at 5:30 p.m. with an intimate Artist Talk beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

“This body of work is unlike anything we’ve ever had at the Center,” said Darlene Crosby Taylor, public art and exhibitions director. “Kevin’s work examines the space where place and memory, as well as art and science, intersect. It’s fun and playful but also challenges the viewer.”

As a bonus, Curry will work alongside the Center’s Art Explorers Summer Camp instructors to teach students of this creative camp his technique for blending art and math to create something beautiful. 

Curry holds a B.F.A. in graphic design and worked as a graphic designer, freelance illustrator and art director in New York City and Philadelphia. While he loved city life, Kevin found that he wanted to create works of personal interest to him, and in 2008 he completed an M.F.A. in graphic communication, with an emphasis on sculpting. 

Today he’s a sculptor and conceptual artist and has been an instructor in the art program at Florida State University for seven years. Since 2015, Kevin has partnered with the Center to bring his public art displays to life.

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