Chalk One Up for Mystery 

When you view a work of art you often wonder what the artist was thinking while making it. When you view Tim Curtis' work you know exactly what he was thinking, but it doesn't necessarily bring any greater understanding of why he did it — and that's a curious frisson. For his new show Tim Curtis: See How My Mind Works, Curtis has covered the walls of the gallery with small chalkboards, each bearing a brief statement written in a clear hand. "I Have a Very High Tolerance, But I Am Not Sure For What" and "There Are Intelligent People Located All Over the World, Except In My Location" leave no doubts what passed through Curtis' mind, but can you really explain what he means? Are his "aphorisms," as he calls them, serious complaints or wry jokes? Do we ever know what someone is really thinking, even when they tell us? This is the mystery lurking behind every carefully lettered piece. Tim Curtis: See How My Mind Works opens with a free public reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 29, at the Craft Alliance Grand Center (501 North Grand Boulevard; 314-725-1177 or www.craftalliance.org). The work remains on display through Sunday, April 18. The gallery is open Wednesday through Sunday, and admission is free.
Wednesdays-Sundays. Starts: Jan. 29. Continues through April 18, 2010

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