Aaron Curry's "Melt to Earth",
Aug 01, 2013
Melt to Earth, fourteen monumental, site-specific sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry will be on view at Lincoln Center this fall and winter. The major exhibition, commissioned by Lincoln Center—the Center’s second post-redevelopment free public art initiative—will be installed on Josie Robertson Plaza from October 7, 2013 to January 2014.
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AARON CURRY’S MELT TO EARTH, FOURTEEN LARGE-SCALE SCULPTURES
TO BE ON DISPLAY ON JOSIE ROBERTSON PLAZA, LINCOLN CENTER
BEGINNING OCTOBER 7, 2013
Melt to Earth, fourteen monumental, site-specific sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry will be on view at Lincoln Center this fall and winter. The major exhibition, commissioned by Lincoln Center—the Center’s second post-redevelopment free public art initiative—will be installed on Josie Robertson Plaza from October 7, 2013 and is scheduled to run to January 2014.
The artist was selected by the Lincoln Center Art Committee, chaired by Peter Kraus, with guidance from a Curatorial Advisory Group comprised of Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation; Nicholas Baume, Director, Public Art Fund; Thelma Golden, Director, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Christian Rattemeyer, Associate Curator, The Museum of Modern Art; Scott Rothkopf, Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; and Philippe Vergne, Director, Dia Art Foundation.
The site-specific installation, showcasing the newly-transformed Lincoln Center campus, reflects Lincoln Center’s commitment to free public art. Noted Lincoln Center President Reynold Levy, “The completion of Lincoln Center’s transformation provides us with an opportunity to animate our outdoor spaces with outstanding works of art available free to Lincoln Center’s thousands of visitors. Aaron Curry’s inspired and playful sculptures will be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages.”
Added Peter Kraus, Chairman, Lincoln Center Art Committee,” Aaron’s installation brings together many aspects appropriate for public art at Lincoln Center—the sculptures are engaging, theatrical, and spirited. They also echo the work of Alexander Calder, whose Le Guichet is located on Lincoln Center’s Hearst Plaza.”
The installation is the artist’s most ambitious project to date: fourteen outdoor, site-specific sculptures of painted aluminum. Positioned in orbit around the iconic Revson Fountain, on Josie Robertson Plaza Curry’s boldly-colored structures will transform the space into a sculptural theater-in-the-round and create an immersive environment for viewers visiting the arts complex.
“When I first visited Josie Robertson Plaza with an eye toward this project, I was immediately struck by the scale of the Plaza and its architecture. This led me to think about how I could engage the space, not compete with it, or try to overwhelm or obscure it, but rather activate it as an environment of sculpture. The concept of an interactive, almost performative installation began to develop. I became excited by the idea of placing several sculptures throughout the Plaza so that the visiting public could move among the works, experiencing them directly as part of the given environment. Giacometti’s unrealized project for Chase Manhattan Plaza is something of a touchstone here, but so are the designs for theater and ballet of Picasso
and Matisse. It occurred to me that an arrangement of sculptures at Josie Robertson Plaza could echo what occurs on stage: the sculptures can be understood simultaneously as characters and as being the setting for some event.”
About Aaron Curry
Aaron Curry works in a range of sculptural media to explore the interplay between two and three dimensions, from large, thin slabs of metal to carefully interlocking plywood and cardboard shapes. These compositions, rendered in forms at once alien and somehow familiar, examine the relationship between abstraction and figuration. Drawing as much on science fiction and comic book culture as on the canon of 20th century sculpture and modernism, the artist updates this history with his uncommon, unique aesthetic. Curry’s painted collages, which further investigate dimensionality and history, provide additional insight into the confluence of genres that shape the artist’s craft.
Aaron Curry was born in San Antonio, Texas, and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. In 2010, he was awarded the Guna S. Mundheim Fellowship in the Visual Arts at the American Academy in Berlin. His works have been exhibited across the US and in Europe, including solo exhibitions at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin; Kestner Gesellschaft, Hannover; Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bergamo; and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX. His works were featured prominently in the recent group exhibitions Alexander Calder: Form, Balance, Joy, organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, which traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas and Orange County Museum of Art, Newport; and Statuesque, organized by the Public Art Fund at City Hall Park, New York, which also traveled to the Nasher Sculpture Center. Curry is represented by the Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London.
For more information about the artist visit: michaelwerner.com
The Lincoln Center Art Committee Members are Peter Kraus, Chair, Maria Baibakova, Renée Belfer, Joel S. Ehrenkranz, Audrey Butvay Gruss, Joseph B. Goldsmith, David Heller, J. Tomilson Hill, Elliot Jaffe, June Larkin, Betty Levin, Julie Minskoff, Peter Norton, Daniel Och, Dana Zucker, Katherine Farley, Chairman, Lincoln Center, Reynold Levy, President, Lincoln Center.
Public Art at Lincoln Center is made possible by the generous support of Jill and Peter Kraus, the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Society, Mr. and Mrs. J. Tomilson Hill III, and The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation.
Additional support provided by The David and Peggy Rockefeller Art Fund.
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Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts (LCPA) serves three primary roles: presenter of artistic programming, national leader in arts and education and community relations, and manager of the Lincoln Center campus. A presenter of more than 3,000 free and ticketed events, performances, tours, and educational activities annually, LCPA offers 15 series, festivals, and programs including American Songbook, Avery Fisher Artist Program, Great Performers, Lincoln Center Books, Lincoln Center Dialogue, Lincoln Center Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Lincoln Center Vera List Art Project, Midsummer Night Swing, Martin E. Segal Awards, Meet the Artist, Mostly Mozart Festival, Target Free Thursdays, and the White Light Festival, as well as the Emmy Award-winning Live From Lincoln Center, which airs nationally on PBS. As manager of the Lincoln Center campus, LCPA provides support and services for the Lincoln Center complex and the 11 resident organizations. In addition, LCPA led a $1.2 billion campus renovation, completed in October 2012.
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