July 27, 2011–April 7, 2012
Contemporary artist Aaron Curry is noted for the improbable combinations of art historical references in his sculpture, including the distorted planes of Cubism, the bright colors and flat surfaces of Pop, and the sometimes disconcerting biomorphism of Surrealism. Curry’s trio of brightly painted sculptures are installed on the lawn.
Boo, 2012Boo, 2012
Painted steel, Courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles
Deadhead, 2012Deadhead, 2012
Painted steel Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Thing, 2012Thing, 2012
Painted steel, Courtesy of the artist and Michael Werner Gallery, New York
Three brightly painted steel sculptures by artist Aaron Curry (American, born 1972) electrify the High’s Sifly Plaza for the next year. Curry originally trained as a painter, but turned to sculpture after becoming interested in the use of flat planes in the art of sculptor David Smith and legendary designer Isamu Noguchi.
In Curry’s work, the interplay between two and three dimensions encourages the experience of sculpture in the round: multiple sightlines offer views of his sculpture that alternate between flatness and dimensionality. In his own words, these sculptures are “almost like a Cubist painting . . . [they] refer to the surface but give you illusion at the same time. It’s an awkward space that I still find rather exciting to play with.” Despite their futuristic appearance, his works recall the art of the twentieth century through references to Alexander Calder’s mobiles, Surrealism, and the chromatic and commercial excess of Pop Art.
Aaron Curry was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1972. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, in 2005.
Curry is noted for the improbable combinations of art historical references in his sculpture, including the distorted planes of Cubism, the bright colors and flat surfaces of Pop, and the sometimes disconcerting biomorphism of Surrealism. With a sense of humor, he alludes to the multitudinous sources that shape the modern visual experience. The bright colors of the metal works installed on the High’s lawn lend a sense of weightlessness that is contradictory to their actual mass.
Curry has recently had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles; the Ballroom Marfa in Marfa, Texas; and the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo, Italy. He lives and works in Los Angeles.
This exhibition is organized by the High Museum of Art
with generous support from UPS.