Humble Arts Foundation is pleased to announce Curtis Hamilton as the fall 2011 recipient of the New Photography Grant for his project Fool’s Gold.
Statement: My images are formed out of the everyday, as things break and call out for fixing, as the haphazard becomes aesthetic and as abstraction veers towards the social. In many ways, these photographs evidence problems that I’ve come across, living problems without solutions, like a craving or a gripe with Capitalism or my own ignorance of how the pipes in my house work. The camera provides a way for me to gauge the ever-fluctuating distances between the self and the social, between things, circumstance, and feeling. It de-contextualizes my surroundings, and in an act of deferral, the camera recognizes the barren as bountiful.
Curtis Hamilton was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 1983. He received his BFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2006, and in 2011, he received an MFA in Advanced Photographic Studies from the International Center of Photography – Bard College. Forthcoming exhibitions will be held at the Lishui Museum of Photography in China, the MIT Art Museum, the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, and at the Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons in collaboration with The Canary Project. Every Saturday, Hamilton reviews a book for the Daylight magazine blog. He lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.