Best known for appropriating images of strife and conflict from various photo-sharing websites such as Flickr and transforming them into obscured, abstract compositions using bleach and varnish, Curtis Mann's finished works resemble the remnants of explosions—the type of thing that you'd find lying in the ashes of a great conflagration.
Recently named an "Editor's Pick" by Saatchi Magazine Online, Mann is an emerging artist who continues to gain recognition in the art world. On July 24, 2011, his work was featured on the front page of The New York Times Magazine.
Interview with the Artist
1. When did you first realize you wanted to be an artist?
I had never really considered, or even dreamed of becoming, an artist. It wasn't until after my undergraduate studies as an engineer that I stumbled upon the world of contemporary art. I knew immediately it was what I wanted to do and what my personality was made to do.
2. Who's your favorite artist?
Somewhere between Gerhard Richter, Gordon Matta-Clark and a little Richard Tuttle.
3. What's your idea of happiness?
The drive home after finishing a new work at the studio.
4. What are your hidden talents?
Surfing and Differential Equations.
5. What would you want your last meal on earth to be?
Scrambled eggs cooked by my grandma, and a cup of chocolate chip ice cream with a little cold milk poured on top.