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Aaron Curry, UGLY MESS, 2013

Aaron Curry, UGLY MESS, 2013, painted aluminum, 18 x 5 x 8 feet, Courtesy Michael Werner Gallery, New York and London

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On View Jul 15, 2017 - Jul 01, 2018
Exhibition Location: Sculpture Park

This summer, three monumental sculptures by Los Angeles-based artist Aaron Curry will add an otherworldly presence to deCordova’s bucolic front lawn. Both abstract and anthropomorphic, the sculptures feel improvisational, with irregular contours and air-brushed, neon streaked surfaces. Curry’s bold and whimsical style updates modern masters, such as Alexander Calder and David Smith, with contemporary allusions to science fiction, Sunday cartoons, and stagecraft. 

Curry was born in 1972 in San Antonio, TX. He earned a BFA in 2002 from the Art Institute of Chicago and an MFA in 2005 from the Art Center College of Design, where he was taught by Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw. Curry has had solo exhibitions at the Hammer Museum, University of California, Los Angeles, and the High Museum of Art, Atlanta. The works included in Aaron Curry: Grove were originally commissioned for a solo exhibition of fourteen sculptures titled Melt To Earth, installed in 2013 in the plaza of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, New York.