: Objects from the End of Western Civilisation
Jan 13-Feb 18
Opening reception: Sat, Jan 13, 6-9pm
Hours: Weekends 12-6pm | and by appointment
Norte Maar, 88 Pine Street, Cypress Hills, Brooklyn
JZ Train to Brooklyn. Crescent Street Stop
Cypress Hills, Brooklyn – Norte Maar is pleased to present new work by Kevin Curran at our Cypress Hills gallery from January 13 to February 18, 2018. This exhibition marks a continuing interest in Curran’s work, as this is the second showing of the artist’s work at Norte Maar having first presented an installation at its apartment gallery in Bushwick in 2012.
Using the language of interior design as a starting point from which to create installations, Curran combines wallpaper, rugs, vases, framed works on paper, and both wall-mounted and free standing sculptures. Curran’s surfaces combine opulent materials like crystals and gold leaf with a sometimes rough-hewn, casual aesthetic.
This exhibition includes drawings that are inspired by Afghan war rugs as well as political tensions in the US. The rug drawings combine imagery of vehicles and weapons with government, domestic and religious buildings, and forces of nature like lightning bolts and forest fires. The symmetry of rug design paired with natural and man made forces of destruction evokes the fine line between an orderly society and chaos. The imagery brings together a little boy’s enthusiasm for rockets, trucks and guns with the perspective of an adult’s anxiety inspired by real world events.
Kevin Curran is an artist and curator who has shown his work in New York, Philadelphia, and Tokyo. He founded The Laundromat Gallery in Bushwick in 2008, and later was a co-founder of Airplane Gallery in Bushwick. He grew up in upstate New York and Northern California with his seven siblings. Curran attended college at the State University of New York in Oneonta, and earned his MFA at the Tyler School of Art. He taught sculpture, art history, and drawing for many years in Tokyo at Temple University’s Japan campus, and at School of Visual Arts in New York. Today he lives in Glendale, Queens with his wife and daughter.