Bent Guesses

4 May — 27 May 2017

Aaron C. Carter



Photo credit: André Piguet

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Bent Guesses

Aaron C. Carter

Opening Thursday 4 May 6-8
Exhibition Friday 5 – Saturday 27 May 2017

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HAVING A COKE WITH YOU

is even more fun than going to San Sebastian, Irún, Hendaye, Biarritz, Bayonne or being sick to my stomach on the Travesera de Gracia in Barcelona
partly because in your orange shirt you look like a better happier St. Sebastian partly because of my love for you, partly because of your love for yoghurt partly because of the fluorescent orange tulips around the birches

partly because of the secrecy our smiles take on before people and statuary it is hard to believe when I’m with you that there can be anything as still as solemn as unpleasantly definitive as statuary when right in front of it
in the warm New York 4 o’clock light we are drifting back and forth between each other like a tree breathing through its spectacles

and the portrait show seems to have no faces in it at all, just paint you suddenly wonder why in the world anyone ever did them

I look
at you and I would rather look at you than all the portraits in the world
except possibly for the Polish Rider occasionally and anyway it’s in the Frick which thank heavens you haven’t gone to yet so we can go together the first time and the fact that you move so beautifully more or less takes care of Futurism
just as at home I never think of the Nude Descending a Staircase or
at a rehearsal a single drawing of Leonardo or Michelangelo that used to wow me and what good does all the research of the Impressionists do them
when they never got the right person to stand near the tree when the sun sank
or for that matter Marino Marini when he didn’t pick the rider as carefully
as the horse

it seems they were all cheated of some marvelous experience
which is not going to go wasted on me which is why I am telling you about it

—Frank O’Hara
“Having a Coke with You,” Frank O’Hara, in Lunch Poems, City Light Books, CA. 1964.

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Aaron C. Carter holds a Master of Applied Arts, Emily Carr University of Art and Design, Vancouver, 2013, a Bache- lor of Fine Art, Victorian Colleges of the Arts, Melbourne, 2005, and a Diploma of Fine Art, La Trobe Street College, Melbourne, 2002. Selected solo and group exhibitions include Braided Field, Brunswick Sculpture Centre offsite, 2016 Pushing the Sky, Horsham Regional Art Gallery, 2016; Hot Rocks, Saint Arnaud Street Museum, Saint Arnaud, 2016; Neapolitan Elbow, CSA Space, Vancouver, 2014; A Boot and a Line, Malmö Showroom, Malmö, 2014; Spring Saloon, Model Gallery, Vancouver, Canada 2014; Heavy Meddle, C3, Melbourne, 2011. Aaron was the recipient of the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize in 2016.