Casey Curran is a master of ingenuity, a prince of the imagination. His kinetic art takes the form of intricate sculptural mechanisms that resemble and fascinate like the marvels in a children’s fairy tale. For me, they recall the imagery used by British writer A.S. Byatt to describe fantastical Victorian puppetry and ceramics in her novel The Children’s Hour.
Casey’s tatooed left arm has bees on the shoulder, a bird below: the bird is a bee-eater. “Somewhat predatory,” he says with his sly/shy smile.
Customarily in his work, Casey combines objects found and those made, such as brass feathers meticulously copied one by one from the pelt of a real duck; fancifully recreated insects or animals (he is intrigued by horses as symbols of power tamed); or artificial flowers crafted of metal so cunningly that one is hardly astonished to see them bloom in one of his moving—in both senses—installations: Curran, BLIND SPOT
So it is a bit surprising to watch him work in something as mundane as … cardboard, on the set for Olivier Wever’s reimagined 3Seasons, slated for June 24-5 at Intiman Theatre as part of Whim W’Him’s reSet.