Roles in Archive: Artist
b. 1972 San Antonio, Texas
Born 1972, San Antonio, Texas/Lives and works in Los Angeles, California, Aaron Curry constructs brightly painted sculptures from found materials, including cardboard, twine, beads, wood and posters. Evocative of mid-century modernists such as Friedrich Kiesler, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth and Henry Moore, Curry’s three-dimensional works are outlined in Day-Glo colors with bright white centers, giving his biomorphic abstractions a hard and futuristic edge. This scramble of periods is complicated further by Curry’s use of contemporary movie posters as bases for his works. The juxtaposition of scantily clad starlets with neo-primitivistic forms refers to the changeability, yet continuity, of mythic symbols in visual culture. Curry often couples his sculptures with collages, which also take their inspiration from the futuristic primitivism of the mid-twentieth century. Often hung in ensembles, Curry’s installations offer a fresh take on the line between collage and assemblage, as well as the one between sculpture and design. Aaron Curry received an MFA at the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, California (2005), and a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2002). His recent solo exhibitionBank Robberwas organized by David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2006). Group exhibitions includeL.A. Desire Galerie Dennis Kimmerich, Düsseldorf (2007); Stuff: International contemporary art from the collection of Burt Aaron Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (2007); Material Photographs Shane Campbell Gallery, Oak Park, Illinois (2007); Aspects, Forms, and Figures Bellwether Gallery, New York (2007); Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2006); L.A. Trash & Treasure Milliken Gallery, Stockholm (2006); Untitled (for H. C. Westermann) The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, Hawaii (2006); Cloudbreak Hiromi Yoshii, Tokyo (2006); The Figs Play Fox Dead David Kordansky Gallery, Los Angeles (2006); Southern Exposure New Wight Gallery, University of California, Los Angeles (2005); and Autonomy Foxy Production, New York (2005).