Born and currently working in London, Robert Currie is an artist whose considerable portfolio is testimony to his skill in responding intelligently to spatial challenges.
Currie achieved First Class BA (Hons) in Design & Art Direction in Manchester before completing a Masters at the Royal College of Art in 2000. In the same year he was selected for New Contemporaries by Jeremy Deller, Gavin Turk and Sarah Kent and privately commissioned by Sotheby's to produce an installation for their atrium.
Currie has achieved acclaim for his skill in manipulating the silent exchanges that occur between his sculptures and the environments in which they are installed. Since 2003 he has been represented by a number of European galleries, including Van der Grinten, Blancpain Art Contemporain, Gimpel-Müller in a series of international solo exhibitions, installations and commissioned works.
The rational and irrational; negative and positive; order and disorder; Robert Currie continually develops contrasts in his work.
Working with synthetic materials; videotape, cassette tape and nylon, Currie works across the mediums of sculpture, installation and drawing to produce work that explores the inevitability of the emergence of order from disorder.
Currie's early drawings delved into the intricacies that can be achieved only through mechanical processes. His use of a simple drawing machine, made from every day objects, produced forms and impressions that appear natural and hand-drawn but are, in fact, impossible to create by hand.
Conversely, it is the unmistakable human touch present in the production of his current practice - sculptures and installations constructed in nylon and tape – that makes his installation work so unique. Currie constructs each piece by hand, precisely placing, wrapping, threading and twisting his chosen materials to create structures that are at once both static and fluid.
Currie's understanding that the appearance of his installations are entirely dependent upon the variables of time and space is central to his work. His skillful use of the external environment means his works constantly evolve, their technical specifications altering but the purity of their medium remaining unchanged. Reflecting, diffracting and absorbing light, Currie's work achieves a sense of weightlessness that both disorientates and remains elusive. In this, Currie succeeds in making visible the forces and energies that go otherwise unnoticed in the everyday.