February 20, 2013
Casey Curran’s Kinetic Art on Display - TV UPDATE!
: Courtesy of the artist.
Now on TV: complex, mechanistic, animated … mesmerizing … the multi-media works of Casey Curran [AR ‘06] are on display in Seattle and New York .
UPDATE: Casey was interviewed on a piece for KING-TV’s Evening Magazine:
Part bas-relief, part wind-up toy, part puppet, part baroque jewel box — 100% fascinating: Cornish staffer and alum Casey Curran’s kinetic sculptures have been wowing viewers wherever they show. ‘Til March 2, they can be seen at Roq La Rue Gallery in his show Dissymmetry. In New York, Curran’s work can be seen through April 27 in Kinesthetics: Art Imitating Life at Pratt Manhattan Gallery.
Presented with both reverence and a dry sense of humor, Casey Curran’s work is obsessed with objects and “objecthood,” and with which things are alive and which things are dead. His hand-cranked pieces invite the viewer to give life to an assemblage of things which have none — apparently. In Eliot Fearey’s Stay Thirsty interview with Curran, the artist talks about being inspired by the ideas of sometimes-controversial biologist Ernst Haeckel. “I was especially interested in how a society will separate whatever, maybe a big rock in the middle of a field, and that this object could then become sacred,” said Curran. “Before anybody ever came along, the rock was just an object in the middle of a field, left there by the last glacial movement. Suddenly it becomes this sacred thing because people place energy into it.”
“For this exhibit we will be exhibiting a series of wall mounted works,” writes Roq La Rue of Curran’s show Dissymmetry, “hyper-baroque pieces that drip with golden flora, taxidermy fauna and snow white metallic elements. With a gentle turn of a manual crank, mounted on the side of each piece, they spring to life. The effect is mesmerizing, blending industrial rococo fantasy with the nostalgic charm of 18th century automatons.”
At the Pratt Manhattan, Curran is featured with “a group of established and emerging artists” its show Kinesthetics: Art Imitating Life. Linda Lauro-Lazin, co-curator and adjunct associate professor, Department of Digital Arts, Pratt Institute, writes: “Each artist’s sculpture reveals a kind of persona that evolves over time. We as viewers start to assign life-like attributes to the works and they begin to transcend their artificiality.”
Curran says that some of the artists he shares billing with in the Pratt show he studied when he was a student at Cornish. “It was a big honor to be included with them,” he says.
Dissymmetry is now showing through March 2 at Roq La Rue Gallery, 2312 2nd Avenue, Seattle.
Kinesthetics: Art Imitating Life is now showing through April 17 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 2nd floor in New York.
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