Born and currently working in London, Robert Currie’s extensive portfolio is testimony to his skill in responding intelligently to spatial challenges.
Having achieved a First Class BA (Hons) in Design & Art Direction in Manchester, he then completed his MA 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 a site-specific installation for their atrium which was on display for 3 months.
Since 2001, he has been represented by a number of international galleries, including Van der Grinten (Cologne), Blancpain Art Contemporain (Switzerland), Gimpel-Müller (Paris) and Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York) in a series of international solo and group exhibitions, installations and commissioned works. Many of his works are also located in a number of high-profile global collections.
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, he 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 everyday 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 skilful 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, his work achieves a sense of weightlessness that both disorientates and remains elusive. In this, he succeeds in making visible the forces and energies that go otherwise unnoticed in the everyday.
1998 - 2000 Master of Arts
Royal College of Art London
1995 - 1998 Bachelor of Arts (Hons 1st Class)
Manchester Metropolitan University