David Curt Morris

Native to Portland, Oregon, educated at Reed College and M.I.T., David Curt Morris has made his home in New York City since 1985. From 1972 to 1980, Moris has worked as architectural Designer in famous design companies in NYC, Algiers, Algeria and Chicago, IL. His teaching experiences are from 1984 to 1995, University of Illinois (Department of Art and Architecture, in Chicago IL), New York University(Art Department in NY), Pratt University (Department of Computer Graphics, NY city), School of Visual Arts, (Graduate Computer Art Department, NY city).

With a background in architecture and computer graphics and an interest in combining motion and water in sculpture, he has explored these relationships for some time. Morris has exhibited work nationally
and internationally, and has done site-specific commissions in many major cities. The piece he did for OMSI in 1995 won an Oregon Society of Engineering Award for Excellence. And his entry to the SAN FRANCISCO-OAKLAND BAY BRIDGE REPLACEMENT Competition in 2000 was a finalist, and was later awarded a US Patent.

Major works:
2009 - ‘Grounded Knot’: Sculpture, Miami, FL
2001 - ‘Rainmaker’ Kinetic Water Sculpture and Park, Frances
Stevens Park: Palm Springs, CA
1995 - ‘Birds on a Wire’: Kinetic Water Sculpture, OMSI,
Portland OR
1997 -‘Columbia River Crystal’: Sculpture, Crown Plaza
Properties, Portland OR
1992 -‘Peacock’: Water Sculpture: Santa. Barbara, CA
1982 - ‘Spiral Rain Form’: Sculpture, Chicago, IL (Percent for Art)

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I am fascinated by flows: flows of water over various materials – steel, stone, concrete - and the flow of numbers: movements of many things that produce shapes and forms as though determined by the emotions that weave through our lives.

From this approach have come kinetic works that use water to create shapes or choreographed movements, as well as static works – that might appear to be the result of tectonic forces. These latter forms have implicit rather than actual movement.

All things are made up of small parts, which in aggregate form the whole. From close up, many discrete elements appear to stand alone, but from a distance are seen to form a whole: from the many, one.

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