STPI Gallery presents the latest series of breakthrough works by celebrated LA-based artist Aaron Curry, who recently opened at The Bass Museum. Created in collaboration with the STPI team of printmakers and papermakers, these works were curated from his first major solo exhibition in Southeast Asia back in September Fragments from a Collective Unity, and will be shown in the US for the very first time.
Characterised by saturated neon colours and evocative organic shapes, the biomorphic sculptural works, inspired by a myriad of art movements such as cubism and surrealism, are effortless drawings in space. Illusions of depth are created through offhand shading and crosshatch strokes and juxtaposed with blunt outlines and solid colours. Like multiple windows on a computer screen, Curry layers patterns and motifs, stacking them to create works with numerous planes and vectors of manifold permutations melting in and coming out of each other.
The showcase includes WE R 1–24, a sprawling series of 24 bold neon screenprints of elusive organic shapes, and Ghost Bone, a striking collectible in the form of a skateboard deck dressed in the artist's unmistakable BMX-inspired street style. Together with his suspended Grid-Trip Cluster paper sculpture, the works transform the space into a starburst of fluorescent patterns and constellations which transport viewers into the 'lost realm' between the two-and three-dimensional.
'...most of my works, even at their most abstract somehow relates to the body, whether it's a mask or something you're covering the body with, or it's a limb.' Aaron Curry
Other highlights include new, never-before-seen works from Do Ho Suh's highly sought-after Rubbing/Loving series and exquisite thread drawings, Jane Lee's reinterpretation of her acrylic works which centre around the narrative of freedom, Entang Wiharso's symbolic Decoded series which explore the pertinent notions of borders and division, Suzann Victor's iconic ephemeral wall installations which subvert the expectations of paper as a medium, and Haegue Yang's Cutting Board Print work, which is an important documentation of domesticity.
STPI has been participating in Art Basel Miami Beach since 2013 and is the only gallery from Singapore to take part in all three of the Art Basel shows.