Aja Martin

Section 1: f = {range}

‘f = {range}’, curated by Aja Martin: Dealing with ranges, thresholds, maximums, and minimums, the works included in Klyde Warren Park examine the nuances and extremes of our sensory experiences. While some pieces work to attenuate, or elongate a perceptual moment, others seek to pile on, and overburden our faculties. We are faced with a beginning and an end, the range in between, and ultimately, a metaphor for a life lived, all together.

All artists in this section

Section Venue
Klyde Warren Park

Section within the
Dallas Arts District

Aja Martin is the director of → Zhulong Gallery, and also an arts writer and curator. Her research focuses on Modern and Contemporary art, and she specializes in acculturated spaces, site-specific art, and the fluidity of art, design and technology. Aja has curated gallery exhibitions in the Dallas area and publishes on contemporary art online and in print. She currently serves as the Co-President of the Texas chapter of the national non-profit, Women’s Caucus for Art and is a member of the Public Art Committee for the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Aja has consulted with non-profits including the La Reunion TX, the Meadows Forum for Art and Urban Engagement and other public arts organizations. She has presented her research locally and nationally and has held positions at noteworthy institutions such as the Nasher Sculpture Center; Dallas Museum of Art; the Blaffer Contemporary, Houston; and Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin. Aja holds a Master’s degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University, 2011.

All artists
James Geurts
Olga Guse
Renata Kaminska
Carmen Menza
Don Relyea & Steven Visneau
Dan Rule
José Simões
Elissa Stafford
Varvara & Mar
Pavitra Wickramasinghe
Rhonda Weppler & Trevor Mahovsky

Curator Interview:

What are the possibilities and challenges for curating a large-scale, outdoor exhibition like Aurora?
The possibilities are almost limitless, which can make the task seem a bit daunting at onset. The more challenges appear, the better, I say. This helps in narrowing things down when there is a wealth of great work to choose from.

What is your approach to curating in general? Primarily conceptual, material/aesthetic or process-based?
Context is key. I take different approaches for different types of shows, as I believe any curator would. Perhaps what’s consistent, though, is that I look for work that operates on many levels, and causes a response of some sort, whether pleasant, contemplative, or outright disdain.

What guides your choice of artists for your section of the Aurora 2015 exhibition?
For Aurora 2015 I wanted to achieve a few things. I’ve attended almost every edition thus far, so I wanted to keep the participatory aspect strong but also bring in some elements and works that would challenge the conventions of an open air, one-night exhibition. I look forward to sharing with the city the various works I’ve selected for KWP.

What’s the best exhibition you’ve seen so far in 2015 and why?
I am going to be completely honest and say that the Lauren Woods solo exhibition at Zhulong Gallery was the best show I’ve seen this year. And for so many reasons. Given that we are in Dallas, we’re probably one of the last cities anyone would expect to see such a powerful show about our nations past and present in regards to race. The exhibition, a mix of over a dozen video pieces, as well as sound interventions, was the most moving group of works I’ve seen in a while. And the show was absolutely beautiful on top of it all. Woods’ installation really brought the space to life and drove some important ideas home for those who were fortunate enough to come experience it.

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