b.1951, Israel; lives and works in London 2013 Elected as a Royal Academician 1997- 2009 Professor of Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London 1974-1979 Architectural Association, London 1971-1973 Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design, Jerusalem
Ron Arad’s constant experimentation with the boundaries and possibilities of materials, from metals to composites, and his radical re-conception of the form and structure of objects and buildings, has put him at the forefront of contemporary design, architecture and now art. In 2011 Arad opened Curtain Call at the Roundhouse London, a suspended curtain of over 5000 silicon rods acting as a canvas for live performance, film and animation. For the Venice Biennale in 2013 he designed Last train, and invited artists to sketch a work on a specially developed iPad app. The Last Train, subsequently echoed their every stroke, scratching their image onto a glass using a Steinmetz Diamond. And in 2016, he situated his 17m high kinetic sculpture ‘Spire’ in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard for the annual Summer Exhibition, demonstrating his ever-protean practice.
This will be Arad’s third work for the Cure3 exhibition series and every time he thrills and surprises us all. This year he has produced W.E.T. (Without Even Trying), first as a performance using coloured spray paint cans and finally the results - the action paintings within the cube that are created through the performance. It’s fun and full of movement, capturing the highly inventive and rebellious personality of Ron Arad.