Christopher Kurtz

CHRISTOPHER KURTZ is a sculptor and furniture designer based in the Hudson Valley of New York State. His favored medium is wood, and his approach to sculpture is one of restraint and discipline. Kurtz has chosen to limit his studio to a relatively simple set of tools, and his practice to a combination of construction and carving. The structures are carpentered together and joined, often with an armature holding the composition in place. Each piece starts with a sketch or a wire model, however, in order for each work to be successful, something surprising and unexpected must be discovered along the way, giving way to an unscripted object. Within these guidelines, Kurtz has found a deep and concentrated way of exploring sculpture.

Kurtz has gained international attention with his sculpture and studio furniture. He has been included in several public and private collections as well as traveling museum exhibitions such as Against the Grain; Wood in Contemporary Art, Craft and Design at The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City, and The Fort Lauderdale Art Museum.

(Photo Credit: Christopher Kurtz)