Delicate Flowers and Wings Flutter Across Gold Skeletons in Casey Curran’s Kinetic Sculptures



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#Casey Curran
#kinetic
#sculpture
#technology
#video

June 28, 2024

Grace Ebert

“Bee Keeper,” brass, Dura-Lar, and gold leaf, 33 x 24 x 27 inches. All images courtesy of Heron Arts, shared with permission

Suspended in the lofty gallery of Heron Arts is a series of new kinetic sculptures by Casey Curran (previously). The motorized works of brass, gold leaf, and organza draw on Greek mythology, particularly that of Icarus who met his demise after flying too close to the sun. With fluttering white wings, the largest sculpture hangs upside down as if falling to the wheat-laden ground.

The fully articulated skeleton is one of many figurative works in Writ Against The Sun, which considers the chasm between ambition and reality. Interested in the intersection of nature and technology, Curran is known for his dynamic sculptures that flit and writhe in mesmerizing motion. The Seattle-based artist continues in this vein for the exhibition, presenting several new kinetic works dangling from the ceiling, on the wall and pedestal, and even designed to fit around the human body.

A gilded skeletal system runs through many of the pieces, including “Bee Keeper,” which portrays a seated figure enveloped by dainty insects, and the framed “Archaeopteryx.” The latter features a spine and appendages enveloped by bell-shaped florets activated by a small hand-crank. Curran also shares three garments that wrap around the torso and shoulders, transforming the wearer with fantastic, creaturely movement.

Writ Against The Sun is on view through July 20 in San Francisco. Find more video from the exhibition on the artist’s Instagram.

 

a figurative sculpture with a gold skeleton and white fluttery wings hangs upside down in a gallery with wheat on the floor

Installation view of “Icarus,” brass, organza, gold leaf, Dura-Lar, steal, 60 x 48 x 48

a gilded skeleton with fluttering white elements in a wooden frame with a hand crank to the right

“Archaeopteryx,” wood, brass, steal, Dura-Lar, canvas, gold leaf, organza, 26 x 34 x 8 inches

a grid of gold faces with a white fluttering mass on top in a wooden frame with a hand crank to the right

“Fluminis—Of the River,” wood, brass, Dura-Lar, canvas, 26 x 28 x 6 inches

an aerial view of three suspended white and gold sculptures

Installation view of ‘Writ Against The Sun’

an installation view of three suspended white and gold sculptures with small sprigs of wheat on the floor

Installation view of ‘Writ Against The Sun’

#Casey Curran
#kinetic
#sculpture
#technology
#video

 

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