Cherilyn Kurtz was born on the 14 of July, 1987 in Camanche Iowa. Since completing her degree in 2009 Kurtz has almost exclusively worked with 35mm film, black and white her current obsession. She enjoys removing the familiar comfort of color and likens it dipping French fries in a mid-tone gray ketchup. Her most recent body of work titled Robert Koons involves making work under the guise of a fictional cousin of Jeff Koons. She joined others in an exhibition this past fall titled Townies at the 1920 gallery in Marion, IN. Longest Nose among others will be up at the Indianapolis Art Center until July 31st. She currently lives in Marion, IN with her husband and one year old daughter, Iris.

The ongoing body of work titled, “Shelly Seashore” is a selection of Shel Silverstein poems from Where the Side Walk Ends and old nursery rhymes. The photographs are adapted directly from illustrations like Sleeping Sardines and interpreted from rhymes like Sing a Song of Sixpence. These impossibly odd scenarios were constructed and photographed as though they were reported sightings. Currently I am working on a series titled, Robert Koons. While testing the chemical corrosion of tomato acid on foil, I imagined Jeff Koons having a fictional cousin named Robert and dumped the science experiment all together. The mammoth, shiny, multi-colored balloon animal sculpture’s belonging to Jeff are arguably his most recognizable pieces. I make work as Robert might, constructing low-tech mimics using aluminum foil, covering basic objects like lawn chairs, bows and tomatoes on the vine. He is seen as a small town hero in a community blind to the celebrity of Jeff. The photographs are taken as though the sculptures were deserted on his property and rediscovered by trespassers.


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