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1993 (age 26-27) Los Angeles, California, USA
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Aria Dean is an artist, writer, and curator based in Los Angeles. She serves as Assistant Curator of Net Art & Digital Culture at Rhizome. Her writing has been featured in Artforum, Art in America, e-flux Journal, The New Inquiry, Real Life Magazine, Topical Cream Magazine, Mousse Magazine, CURA Magazine, and X-TRA Contemporary Art Quarterly. She has exhibited at American Medium, New York; Arcadia Missa, London; Chateau Shatto, Los Angeles; The Sunroom, Richmond, Virginia; Air de Paris, Paris; and Boatos Fine Art, São Paulo, among other venues. Dean also co-directs As It Stands, a Los Angeles project space.

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  1. "The “Forward Proxy” series grapples with the questions and anxieties I have about the relationships between the artist, object, and audience. I’ve realized that my practice is driven by an interest in examining the conditions under which certain objects are seen, à la Robert Morris. For me, the “objects” are artworks, me, and other subject-objects like me. The “condition” is blackness. So, the sculptures, Minimalist in facture, address this, as they teeter between the personal and a more objective and materialist approach to history. They’re made of clay from southern Mississippi, a few hours away from where my paternal grandfather grew up. The pieces are historical without capitulating to frameworks of “narrative,” “self-expression,” and “experience” that are so readily applied to the work of black artists. This show feels like the first time that I’m fully addressing those approaches head-on—not simply refusing them, but turning them against themselves." —Artforum, October 16, 2018

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  1. Aria Dean, Artforum, October 16, 2018
  2. Rhizome Hires Aria Dean as Assistant Curator of Net Art, Artnews, September 22, 2016



Chateau Shatto