Aria Dean

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Aria Dean (born 1993) is an American critic, artist, and curator.[1] Dean is the assistant curator of net art and digital culture at Rhizome.[2][3] Her writings have appeared in various art publications including Artforum, e-flux, The New Inquiry, Art in America, and Topical Cream.[4] Dean has exhibited internationally at venues such as Foxy Production and American Medium in New York, Chateau Shatto in Los Angeles, and Arcadia Missa in London.[5] Dean also co-directs As It Stands LA, an artists project space that opened in 2015.[6] Dean lives and works in New York City.

Early life and education[edit]

Dean was born in 1993. Dean graduated from Oberlin College in 2015.[7]

Work[edit]

After graduating from Oberlin College, Dean was appointed social media coordinator for the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.

In September 2016, ARTnews announced that Dean had been appointed assistant curator of net art and digital culture for Rhizome.[8] Dean works to help Rhizome's efforts to preserve, present, and re-perform works of net art from the 1980s to the present day (called Net Art Anthology), organize events, and publish articles online.[9]

Dean's first solo exhibition, Baby Is A Cool Machine, opened at American Medium in 2017. The exhibition, according to the gallery's website, "hones in on her materially-driven examination of the situation of blackness in the United States."[10] The show was critically praised by James Hannaham at 4Columns and selected by Kat Herriman as a Critic's Picks for Artforum.[11][12] In 2018, Aria Dean was named one of Cultured Magazine's[13] 30 artists under 35.

In late 2017, Dean curated New Black Portraitures as part of Rhizome's Net Art Anthology.[14] The online exhibition included visual artists Manuel Arturo Abreu, Hamishi Farah, Juliana Huxtable, Rindon Johnson, Pastiche Lumumba, N-Prolenta (Brandon Covington), Sondra Perry, and Redeem Pettaway and, "explored the changing status of black portraiture in relation to strategies for visibility, concealment, and self-representation online."[15]

In early 2018, Dean wrote and directed a play for the Swiss Institute in New York.[16]

Her second solo exhibition, lonesome crowded west, features sculptural objects and installation that "shuttle between experiences as personally lived and the sweeping generalizations of the media and historical modernism" according to critic Matt Stromberg of HyperAllergic.[17] In an interview with Travis Diehl, Dean reveals that the clay in her painting-like sculpture is from Mississippi that the series of works speaks to her "proximity and distance in relation to that place." Other works featured crowd shots from hip-hop videos, a two-channel installation that explore the loneliness of black existence in predominantly-western contexts.[18]

"They index the sort of relationship that I was interested in, subsuming oneself into this particularly black crowd where individuals that already don’t exist so distinctly as “proper” western individual subjects get subsumed into this other object. The show title is from a Modest Mouse album, The Lonesome Crowded West (1997), and I’m not a huge Modest Mouse fan, but I like the album. I latched onto that phrase. “The Lonesome Crowded West” is my situation in relationship to the objects. I am the lonesome crowd, in the west…"[19]

Exhibitions[edit]

Solo exhibitions

  • lonesome crowded west, Château Shatto, Los Angeles, 2018
  • Gut Pinch, The Sunroom, Richmond, VA 2018[20]
  • Baby is a Cool Machine, American Medium, New York, NY 2017

Selected two-person exhibitions

  • White Ppl Think I'm Radical, Arcadia Missa, London, U.K., 2017[21]

Selected group exhibitions

  • The Pain of Others, curated by Myriam Ben Salah, Ghebaly Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2018
  • Condo New York: Château Shatto, Los Angeles, presents: Jean Baudrillard, Body by Body, Aria Dean, Jacqueline de Jong, Foxy Productions, New York, NY 2017[22]
  • At this stage, Château Shatto, Los Angeles, CA 2017[23]

Selected lectures/presentations

  • "Notes on BlacceleraLon," Reed College, September 1, 2017
  • "Blackness Against the Digital," University of the Arts, Helsinki, April 2017
  • "Busta Rhymes at the End of the World," Machine Project, LA, February 24, 2017
  • "Our Bodies, Online" panel at the New School, February 7, 2017
  • "Blackness in CirculaLon," panel at Open Score, New Museum, 2016
  • "Due West," Arcadia Missa/Dominica Reading at LACA, Los Angeles 2016

Bibliography[edit]

Essays

  • Notes on Blacceleration (e-flux, 2017)[24]
  • The Demand Remains (The New Inquiry, 2017)[25]
  • Poor Meme, Rich Meme (REALLIFE Magazine, 2016)[26]
  • Alex Da Corte (Artforum, 2016)[27]
  • Closing the Loop (The New Inquiry, 2016)[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Notes on Blacceleration – Journal #87 December 2017 – e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  2. ^ Durón, Maximilíano (September 22, 2016). "Rhizome Hires Aria Dean as Assistant Curator of Net Art". ARTnews. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Announcing: Aria Dean appointed as Rhizome's assistant curator of net art". Rhizome. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Announcing: Aria Dean appointed as Rhizome's assistant curator of net art". Rhizome. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "Variation and Repetition: Aria Dean •Mousse Magazine". moussemagazine.it (in Italian). Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  6. ^ "Baby is a Cool Machine". American Medium. Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. ^ Hannaham, James. "Aria Dean". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  8. ^ Durón, Maximilíano (September 22, 2016). "Rhizome Hires Aria Dean as Assistant Curator of Net Art". ARTnews. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  9. ^ "Announcing: Aria Dean appointed as Rhizome's assistant curator of net art". Rhizome. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  10. ^ "Baby is a Cool Machine". American Medium. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  11. ^ Hannaham, James. "Aria Dean". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  12. ^ "Aria Dean at American medium". www.artforum.com. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  13. ^ Dean, Aria. "Aria Dean Cultured Magazine". Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "online black art is moving from instagram to bitmapping". I-d. January 31, 2018. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  15. ^ "New Black Portraitures". www.newmuseum.org. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "SI OFFSITE | LUNAR INTERVAL IV: FULL MOON | Aria Dean: Get-Together: A Tragedy of Language | Swiss Institute". www.swissinstitute.net. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  17. ^ "Aria Dean Searches for an "Ontology of Blackness"". HyperAllergic. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  18. ^ Olunkwa, Emmanuel. "Interviews. ARIA DEAN". ArtForum. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  19. ^ Diehl, Travis. "Aria Dean with Travis Diehl: Going Formal". X-TRA. eXhibitions. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Gut Pinch". thesunroom.xyz. Retrieved February 6, 2018.
  21. ^ "White ppl think I'm radical, Arcadia Missa". Arcadia Missa. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  22. ^ "Condo New York | Chateau Shatto". chateaushatto.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  23. ^ "At this stage | Chateau Shatto". chateaushatto.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  24. ^ "Notes on Blacceleration – Journal #87 December 2017 – e-flux". www.e-flux.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  25. ^ "The Demand Remains". The New Inquiry. March 28, 2017. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  26. ^ "Poor Meme, Rich Meme – Real Life". Real Life. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  27. ^ Dean, Aria. "Alex Da Corte at Art + Practice". artforum.com. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  28. ^ "Closing the Loop". The New Inquiry. March 1, 2016. Retrieved January 16, 2018.