BLUE CURRY - January RESIDENCY AT NLS KINGSTON, JAMAICA, CONSIDERS REGGAE MUSIC AS A REGIONAL CLICHE.
Blue Curry will be in residency at NLS this month. During his residency Blue will be considering reggae music as regional cliché. One of the Caribbean’s most beloved cultural exports, born out of struggle and inequality, layered with politics and religion, reggae is now employed as a representative music of leisure globally. The jaunty reggae beat activates fantasies of sipping poolside cocktails on a carefree island getaway; it entices visitors to the region while reinforcing stereotypes and cultural singularity. Blue will be collaborating with the audio engineers at Creative Sounds recording studio during his three week residency to produce a new work reflecting his investigation into the ways that economic geography influence cultural production and consumption. Taking an experimental approach Blue will bring together his current sculptural concerns with this new audio component for the NLS space.
About Blue Curry
Blue Curry is a Bahamian artist currently based in London who works primarily in sculpture and installation. He uses an idiosyncratic language of commonplace objects and found materials to engage with themes of exoticism, tourism and culture. He has exhibited extensively, participating in the Liverpool, SITE Santa Fe and Jamaica Biennials, as well as in group shows at PPOW Gallery in New York, The Art Museum of the Americas in Washington DC, and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Recently he has spent periods as resident artist at the National Gallery of The Cayman Islands, Centro León, the Dominican Republic and at Alice Yard, Trinidad. He was featured in the book The Sense of Movement: When Artists Travel and is currently showing work in Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of The Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art, California, part of the Getty Foundation series of exhibitions, Pacific Standard Time LA/LA.
NLS (New Local Space Limited/ nuclear localisation signal/ natty's loquacious stylings/ nerds love serpents/ nobodies loving something/...) is an artist-run contemporary visual art initiative in Kingston that is a non-profit subsidiary of the audio recording studio and production house Creative Sounds Ltd. NLS was founded as a place for visual artists who are making work in dialogue with contemporary issues to experiment with new ideas, collaborate with each other and engage with the public. Interdisciplinary collaboration and open access are principles at the core of our operations.
The goal of NLS is to support visual artists whose practice is based in relentless experimentation, and to connect such artists to the global contemporary art community. NLS will do this by providing structured support through the artist residency program, conducting an experimental exhibition program, providing affordable studio space and conducting ongoing research to assess the needs of visual artists in Jamaica.
Some more examples of Blue Curry's works in the images below:
Visit the Websites: http://www.bluecurry.com http://www.nlskingston.org