Artist Statement

Curt Belshe & Lise Prown


All us around are signs, austere or complex, informational or contradictory, superstitious or factual, helpful or absurd - all demanding our attention and rewarding our gaze with some form of comprehension. The process of deriving meaning and assigning significance is key to these pieces which examine the intersection of public art, local history, nature, and information graphics. These pieces combination familiar forms with unfamiliar images as well as text that can function at the level of information, pattern, or concrete poetry.


These transient public artworks use the language of signage to examine expectations of signification in an urban environment. Our goal when working in the public sphere is to reach as broad a cross section of viewers as possible while creating artwork that is accessible and artistically engaging.



 

Lise Prown has a BFA, Minneapolis College of Art and an MFA, Yale University in Sculpture. She is currently the Lab Manager and Gallery Coordinator for Westchester Community College, Peekskill Extension Center and an Adjunct Instructor at The College of Mount Saint Vincent.


She is a visual artist specializing in outdoor art installations and has showed her work throughout the Metro Area. She has received several grants from NY arts

agencies for the creation of public art works.