Aaron Curry - Bad Brain
Carter Mull - We Tell Stories in Order to Leave
ASCO : No Movies
Centre d’Arts Plastiques Contemporain
CAPC - Contemporary Art Museum of Bordeaux
(June 26 – September 21, 2014)
Drawing from the art-historical lineage of cubism, graffiti, cartoons, figurative painting and gestural abstraction, and appropriating subjects from mythology, advertising, print culture and consumerism, Aaron Curry's Bad Brain survey exhibition at CAPC is as much about the breakdown of the human condition as it is the absurdities that define the perils of human evolution.
In We Tell stories in Order to Leave, American artist Carter Mull shows that in a reality flooded with images and goods, dividing lines between art, consumption, individuality, and community are permeable. The detailed pictorial material of Mull is made of Gaudy colors, logos, typography and screenshots from on line shops for hipsters. With these picture puzzles, the artist enables new relations between highbrow and pop culture and gives an insight into his convoluted world while questionning the status and production of goods and consequently art.
Emergent figure of the scene of LA, the American artist Dan Finsel (1982) is invited at the CAPC for his first solo exhibition in France. His visual universe investigates the domestic mythologies and the construction of an identity through multi-field artistic mediums.
Asco – which means disgust or nausea in Spanish – are an important Chicano (first generation Mexican American) collective active in the 1970s-80s working with performance, photography, film and painting on the streets of East Los Angeles, beyond the centre of the LA art world. Highly flamboyant, Asco staged provocative performances that were captured on camera as photographs they called ‘No Movies’. Their actions and performances were created in response to the social unrest and race riots that occurred at this time in Los Angeles. While belonging to a political Chicano counter-culture, aesthetically they went in a quite different direction. As such, their combination of art and politics, interwoven with their Chicano heritage and the Pop, punk and fashion of their time, is unique. Of late, they have been written back into the history of Los Angeles art, and acquired a new resonance for a younger generation of artists concerned with performativity, media fictions and political activism.
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