AARON CURRY, White Out
exhibiton views at Almine Rech Gallery, Brussels (June 2012)
all pictures (except the last image) © MARIE TAILLEFER
I started out as a painter, and when I first started making sculptures they were pretty much just clunky paintings that were falling off the walls. The more they spilled into the space, I realized that I liked the awkwardness of them, that the space they existed in was somewhere in between two and three dimensions. It’s a bit open ended in a way. I wasn’t brought up around art so my understanding of painting and sculpture came from books. And because I learned to look at art from a flat plane in a book, an album cover, or even a computer screen, I’ve always enjoyed the awkwardness of it as an illusion. I like to try and find in my work this space in between the two. I guess I’m always trying to get my paintings to come out into the space three dimensionally while also trying to get my sculptures to do the opposite, to flatten into the walls around them. – AARON CURRY in conversation JULIE BOUKOBZA through skype on May 23rd 2012
CURRY was raised in San Antonio, Texas, and first studied Picasso and Dalí in books pilfered from the public library. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, he completed his M.F.A. in 2005 at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Working with wood, metal or cardboard, AARON CURRY builds large-scale sculptures as if on the verge of collapsing into two dimensions, collages as if they were created by flattening one of the sculptures against the wall and immersive installations where the exhibition spaces are covered with dazzling patterns and day-glo colors. Often hung in ensembles, his interventions offer a fresh take on the line between collage and assemblage.
Curry’s work always contains this constant osmosis between the warmth of material like natural wood and the artificial slickness of industrial colours, between the memory of a hand-made object and the mass-produced, reproduced, broadcast image, between tribal art and the world of consumption. - ALESSANDRO RABOTTINI for Mousse Magazine, December 2008