Will Kurtz | Broadway Myrtle | Tina | Trash Can

Presented by Garvey | Simon

Location: Main Floor

Will Kurtz
Broadway Myrtle, 2015
Wood, wire, newspaper, tape, glue, matte medium, UV varnish.
11 feet by 7 inches height

Tina, 2014
Wood, wire, newspaper, tape, glue, matte medium, UV matte varnish
64 x 24 x 19 inches

Trash Can, 2015
Wood, wire, newspaper, tape, glue, matte medium, UV matte varnish and trash
45 x 24 x 24 inches

Artist Statement    

I create realistic life-size figures and animals out of newspaper with an internal structure made of wood and wire. The newspaper forms have a collage of words and colorful advertising that is applied in a spontaneous painterly fashion to reflect the mood and life of the individual.

My subjects are real, everyday people who are often undistinguished and living on the margins of society. I select and create uncommon characters that have a distinct emotive quality. I use photography to capture a moment of their daily lives. They are often comic in character, dress or body type. The posture, gestures, facial expressions, and clothing bring the figures to life. They have a familiarity of someone you might know or have passed on the street. I capture their resilience and vulnerability to embody a true empathy for the hardships we all share. The animals are selected to show their unique breed, size, shape or type of hair. Through them I am able to express their innocence and humor that has a universal appeal.