David Kordansky Gallery

  • Aaron Curry
Bank Robber October 21 — November 18, 2006

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  • Fragments from a Collective Unity (Standing), 2006, wood, rope, paint, poster, resin, 106 x 33.5 x 32.5 inches (269.2 x 85.1 x 82.6 cm)
  • Haunt (Thief), 2006, paint, cardboard, resin and collage, 77.75 x 41.25 inches (197.5 x 104.8 cm)
  • Haunt (Thief), 2006, (detail) paint, cardboard, resin and collage, 77.75 x 41.25 inches (197.5 x 104.8 cm)
  • Haunt (Thief), 2006, (detail) paint, cardboard, resin and collage, 77.75 x 41.25 inches (197.5 x 104.8 cm)
  • Hobo Head Rig (Bank 5), 2006, acrylic, ink and gouache on paper, 110.25 x 85 inches (280 x 215.9 cm)
  • Hobo Head Rig (Bank 1, 2, 3, 4), 2006, acrylic, ink and gouache on paper, Bank 1: 32.63 x 24.88 inches (82.9 x 63.2 cm) Bank 2, 3, 4: 61 x 46 inches (154.9 x 116.8 cm)
  • Hobo Head Rig (Bank 1, 2, 3, 4), 2006, (detail) acrylic, ink and gouache on paperacrylic, ink and gouache on paper, Bank 1: 32.63 x 24.88 inches (82.9 x 63.2 cm) Bank 2, 3, 4: 61 x 46 inches (154.9 x 116.8 cm)
  • Hobo Head Rig (Bank 1, 2, 3, 4), 2006, (detail) acrylic, ink and gouache on paper, 61 x 46 inches (154.9 x 116.8 cm)
  • Hobo Head Rig (Bank 1, 2, 3, 4), 2006, (detail) acrylic, ink and gouache on paper, 61 x 46 inches (154.9 x 116.8 cm)
  • Hobo Head Rig (Bank 1, 2, 3, 4), 2006, acrylic, ink and gouache on paper, 61 x 46 inches (154.9 x 116.8 cm)
  • Fragments from a Collective Unity (Reclining), 2006, wood, rope, paint, poster and resin, 76.75 x 74 x 49 inches (194.9 x 188 x 124.5 cm)
  • Fragments from a Collective Unity (Reclining), 2006, (alternate view) wood, rope, paint, poster and resin, 76.75 x 74 x 49 inches (194.9 x 188 x 124.5 cm)
  • Fragments from a Collective Unity (Reclining), 2006, (detail) wood, rope, paint, poster and resin, 76.75 x 74 x 49 inches (194.9 x 188 x 124.5 cm)
  • Masher (Thief), 2006, paint, cardboard, resin, tape and collage, 102.75 x 25.25 inches (261 x 64.1 cm)
  • Masher (Thief), 2006, (detail) paint, cardboard, resin, tape and collage, 19.5 x 13.5 inches (49.5 x 34.3 cm)
  • Masher (Thief), 2006, (detail) paint, cardboard, resin, tape and collage, 102.75 x 25.25 inches (261 x 64.1 cm)

For immediate release   David Kordansky Gallery is pleased to present Bank Robber, the first solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Aaron Curry. The opening reception will be held on Saturday, October 21st from 6 to 9pm, and the exhibition will be on view through November 18th.   Aaron Curry fuses modernist forms with specific cultural references poached from advertisements found throughout Los Angeles and online. Curry is intimately hooked into this constantly mutating world of images. Through his works, Curry proposes an altered view of these cultural products and their expected meanings. His appropriation of highly stylized photographs may be seen as “not just the cause [of the work] but simply the occasion.”* Curry recodes culturally loaded imagery into a “formal matrix,” where traits such as dominant patterns, shapes and conceptual modes infuse his two and three-dimensional works and ultimately result in a new and complicated context.   Bank Robber consists of predominately black and white sculptures, paintings and collages, both representational and abstract. Curry’s use of a grisaille palette is inspired by occurrences within the films, The Women and The Wizard of Oz, where imagery switches from black and white to Technicolor and color comes to differentiate illusion from reality. Historically used to represent relief sculpture, the grisaille in Curry’s work further complicates how the pieces are experienced spatially – from the digitized space of the printed advertisement, to the plastic space of the sculpture (in-the-round), to the illusionist space of the paintings. As a whole, the installation resonates somewhere in-between two and three-dimensional spaces. In addition, the works affirm their relationship to each other through descriptive attributes. In his large-scale paintings on paper, highly detailed tromp l’oil tears reference the wetness of the resin coating on the cardboard or the platform bases of the sculptures. Curry’s work is replete with references from Surrealism, Primitivism to Modernist sculpture, he collapses historical modes of presentation to create a Baroque experience.   Aaron Curry’s work can currently be seen in Untitled (for H. C. Westermann) at The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI. His work will be included in the group exhibition L.A. Trash & Treasure opening this fall at Milliken Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden and Red Eye: Los Angeles Artists from the Rubell Family Collection, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL.   For more information or for directions to the gallery please contact us at (323) 222-1482, send a fax to (323) 227-7933 or email info@davidkordanskygallerygallery.com   *Seel, Martin, The Aesthetics of Appearing, Stanford University Press, 2005