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Parlay-Curtis Anthony Parlaitin

2015.11.20

Growing up in the late 80’s, early 90’s you couldn’t help but be inspired by how important sneakers were becoming.  We are all influenced by something, someone and in those days, why not a pair of sneakers.  Sneakers that could make you jump higher, just a pair that made you cool, or ones that not many people could obtain.  Each brand marketed their own niche through athletes, music artists, designers, you name it. Whatever your story is, each sneaker was representative of something special as the individual who wore them and by the name they were giving.

Historically, in the past century, sneakers have been the single most influential commodity of its time.  Resale values range in the hundreds to thousands of dollars, causing certain sneakers to become impossible to obtain.  My idea is to present this important era in our history, preserving it in a form that captures someone, somewhere to remind them of the moment it spoke to them those years ago. 

My work is indicative of laboriously weaving different gauges together to create the final form.  Each sculpture utilizes armatures that seldom share the same characteristic as another.  The arrays of colors represent diversity.  The malleability of each strand can be a struggle and quite repetitive, but the end result cohabits that in a way that works.  Techniques are interpreted uniquely according to the actual manufactured material by finding its way through a process that translates it.  Lastly, freedom allows it to highlight great detail; having the natural ability to be agile and as cooperative as the imagination will guide it.