Technology with attitude

Aaron Curry at David Kordansky Gallery

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Walking into the gallery was like walking into a strange street art inspired modern Arp forest. Silk screened drops of liquid are printed in black and white and cover every inch of wall space. In the gallery’s press release this background was described as a “simultaneously violent and deadpan backdrop.” I thought it was rather industrial looking, flat and computerized.

Which isn’t to say it was bad. Actually the background works great as a relief to the vibrant sculptures you see upon entering the gallery. Super bright colored aluminum sculptures that are reminiscent of Calder meets Miro jump out from the black and white background. These large sculptures feel a little bit like puzzles that have been fitted together perfectly and playfully. Still there is something very flat about the individual pieces and as you walk around them you get the full impact of what their shape and space are. Some are covered in the same print as the walls and they feel like chameleons that have blended in with their environment. These pieces have the curious feeling of flatness made 3D. I think it’s interesting that they remind me of other painters as much as sculptors.

The walls contain framed collages. Some a mix of paint and cut outs, others include photos and pictures of cartoons (Monsters Inc?) and even a Kellogg’s cereal box. This fits because most of the paintings/collages have a cartoony feeling, which goes along with the feeling I had when I first entered, that I had come upon a flat and over the top animated modernist land. At the same time the shapes are amoeba like and when I step back, the paintings and sculptures all have an organic feeling to them. It’s a very interesting mix of contrasting forms and feelings. Like a forest that is filled with different trees, bushes, and ground cover, this surreal landscape is many things. And as the artist said himself in a recent Flashartonline interview: “Art should never make sense. That’s the beauty of it.” A mix of playfulness, expert craftsmanship, and a unique point of view make this show a special event, that makes just enough sense.

The show is at David Kordansky Gallery in Culver City and is ongoing through August 7.