Blue Curry

Blue Curry

Artist from the Bahamas whose work is mostly related to Caribbean themes and to the perspectives on the Caribbean that have developed in other parts of the world. His works have been shown at the Liverpool Biennial (an untitled work as part of the City States theme), at Art Basel, Miami (The Global Caribbean), the Nassauischer Kunstverein Museum, Germany (Funky Nassau), the International Museum of Modest Arts, France (Global Caraïbes) and the National Gallery of Art in the Bahamas (various).

Blue Curry was born in 1974 in Nassau, Bahamas. He currently lives in England and is one of the most recognized names in contemporary Caribbean art. He studied business administration and Hispanic literature at Skidmore College in New York and took photography courses at the University of Westminster in England. He completed his master’s degree at Goldsmith College in London.

His artwork, from various points of view, consists of assemblages and installations that mainly use materials that are not typically used for artistic works. For the work Like Taking Sand to the Beach, he transported nearly two thousand pounds of sand from a beach in the Bahamas to a museum in Germany. The installation has been interpreted as the uprooting of the Caribbean subject who lives in exile and literally takes part of the Caribbean to other places.

At the Liverpool Biennial, Curry filled a blue concrete mixer with coconut-scented sunscreen. The sunscreen, of course, refers to the Caribbean imaginary of sun, sea and sand, which persists in the fantasy created about the Caribbean. One possible interpretation of the piece affirms what the island societies have built through the illusion of paradise: the illusion has served as the “concrete” that has been used to build the real Caribbean. Tourism, one of the most important sources of income for the Caribbean, depends on this idyllic illusion.

In 2009, he displayed one of his most famous pieces. For this untitled installation, the artist hung the jaw of a shark from the ceiling of a gallery, using a rope and tackle. Sprouting from the inside of the jaw were hundreds of hours of tape from cassette tapes, falling to the floor of the gallery. To some critics, the tapes resembled brown seaweed trapped in the fish’s mouth.

For another piece, he hung an enormous turtle shell from the ceiling with magnetic tape coming out of it. This time, the image resembled an enormous, unreal jellyfish. On both occasions, the artist combined the imaginary that is associated with the Caribbean (marine animals) with an element (the tape) that helps to rethink the view of the Caribbean.

In 2010, the BBC produced a film titled Goldsmiths: But is it Art? that documented the work of four artists who graduated form the Goldsmith College Fine Arts program, including Curry. The show took a closer look at the lives of several recently graduated artists who were trying to make their marks in the international art market after finishing their studies.

Author: Alejandro Carpio
Published: May 08, 2012.

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