Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry’s practice oscillates between the mediums of painting and sculpture. Constantly incorporating qualities of one medium into the other, his works challenge the divisions that isolate one medium from another to reveal a richness in the middle ground. His signature totemic sculptures resemble sculptural collages of flat, organically cut shapes. They possess a distinctive 2-dimensional quality and reference a wide range of artistic styles; from the bright colours of Pop and the distorted planes of Cubism, to the biomorphism of Surrealism, they display a bold and intensely saturated visual language that is distinctively his own.
STPI is honoured to host Aaron Curry first solo exhibition in Southeast Asia, Fragments from a Collective Unity (2018). During his residency at STPI, Curry produced six series of what he terms “fragments” – shards from the ever-exploding cosmos of his work and vision. While prior works had emerged more directly from his electric inventory of references and influences, often leaving their quoted sources readily identifiable surfaces, in this new body of work is Curry’s own back-catalogue that metastasises to generate new forms.
Curry has exhibited his works throughout the US and in Europe, including solo exhibitions at the CAPC Contemporary Art Museum, Bordeaux; the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin and Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover. Recent group exhibitions include “After Picasso: 80 Contemporary Artists”, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH and “The Los Angeles Project”. In 2010, Curry was awarded the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. In 2013, Curry presented his most ambitious project to date, Melt to Earth, a site-specific installation of monumental sculptures created for Lincoln Center’s Josie Robertson Plaza in New York City.