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Aaron Curry: Metal Plastic Paint10:59

Aaron Curry is an artist with a long-standing investment in the forms of modernist abstraction, which he treats fondly and with a certain irreverence. His works in painting and sculpture draw on a long list of art historical precedents, from Paul Klee to Alexander Calder, but are equally indebted to the cartoons of Chuck Jones, punk rock, and BMX bike design. In this film, which was produced on the occasion of Curry’s solo exhibition at David Kordansky Gallery titled "Metal Plastic Paint" (September 17 – October 22, 2022), the artist discusses his complex negotiations between the realms of high art and popular culture.

Aaron Curry was born in San Antonio, Texas, in 1972. He received his BFA degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2002 and went on to complete his MFA studies at the Art Center College of Design in 2005. Since then, he has remained based in Los Angeles. Curry’s works have been featured in solo exhibitions at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, Massachusetts (2017–2021); McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas (2019); STPI Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore (2018); Bass Museum of Art, Miami (2018); Rubell Family Collection, Miami (2014); CAPC Musée d’Art Contemporain de Bordeaux, France (2014); Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York (2013); and High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2012). His work has been included in group exhibitions at Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich (2021); de la Cruz Collection, Miami (2019); and Jing’an Sculpture Park, Shanghai (2018). Curry’s work is in the permanent collections of the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and Seattle Art Museum, among many other institutions.

Crew Credits -

Creator and Executive Producer - Hernan Diaz Alonso
Producers - Reza Monahan/William Virgil
Segment Producer/Interviewer - Jan Tumlir
Director - Reza Monahan
Director of Photography - Walker Sayen
B Camera - Carlos Bonachea
C Camera - Gabriel Simao
Swing Techs - Pamela Broady/Hongwon Suh
Sound Engineer - Chris Trueman

Story Producer - Jan Tumlir
Editors - Cal Crawford/Reza Monahan

Image Credits:
Alexandre Calder,Tiergarten Neue Nationalgalerie 2021 Têtes et Queue
Fridolin freudenfett / CC BY-SA 4.0
Isamu Noguchi, Kouros, 1945, Epic Abstraction exhibit, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
John Winder / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
David Smith, The Hero, 1951. Painted steel. Brooklyn Museum. LACMA
rocor / CC BY-NC 2.0
Pablo Picasso, Bull, 1958, MoMA
Wally Gobetz / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Joan Miró, Femme, 1981, Baden-Baden
Gerd Eichmann / CC BY-SA 4.0

Additional Video and Images Provided by Aaron Curry and David Kordansky Gallery

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