Karr loves experimenting with unconventional mediums in a continual
effort to capture a sense of the magical. His work is primarily
textural incorporating a subtle intermingling of regular patterns
and amorphous shimmering colors.
As far as art education is
concerned - although Kurtis did take several traditional art classes
throughout his early school and college years – he is primarily
self-taught in all the styles, techniques and mediums he currently
employs. It was not until the last decade did Kurtis ever have the
courage to use nontraditional mediums and texture in his work or to
delve into the purely abstract. It was a sort of an early mid-life
crisis, he supposes. Whatever the case, Kurtis loves it. He would
never again consider doing anything that lacked color and texture or
was purely representational.
Kurtis Karr sometimes asks
what he was thinking about when he was creating a particular piece.
He could try to make something up that sounded deeply intellectual
or spiritual but, in truth, he strives not to think about anything
at all. This is a very old principal to which Kurtis was introduced
in martial arts known as mushin. If he permits himself to be
influenced by thoughts or preconceived notions
what a piece should be or how a piece should look, it almost always
appears artificial or contrived. As in nature, Kurtis strives to
make his pieces appear perfectly random yet with an underlying
indefinable sense of purpose.
Some people might accuse
Kurtis of being inconsistent but he keeps his work fresh by
continually experimenting with new techniques, materials or
mediums. He usually produces only limited series of a particular
style of work. If Kurtis develops a specific process or system for
creating a piece, he feels his work is inexorably beginning to lose
its spontaneity and ultimately, its joy of creation.
For Kurtis Karr, the hardest
part of creating art is knowing how and when to quit. This is only
because he loves the artistic process so much that he literally
hates for it to end. For Kurtis, the finished work is just a
by-product of the actual process. It is like a souvenir or vacation
photograph which serves as a bittersweet reminder of a happy moment
forever lost to time.