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Aaron Williams
updated: 02/20/2013
website: aaronswilliams.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Untitled (Paris)
Horizon 2
Untitled (Yosemite)
Untitled
Untitled (Couple)
Untitled (Trees)
Untitled (Alps 4)
Untitled (Mountain 4)
Horizon 1
Horizon 1 (detail)
Untitled (Alps)
Malcolm
Syd
Michael
 
 
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Untitled (Paris) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Paris)
Acrylic on poster, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
34.5" x  22.5" 
Horizon 2 by Aaron Williams
Horizon 2
Acrylic on poster, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
38.25" x  55.125" 
Untitled (Yosemite) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Yosemite)
Cut poster
2012
56" x  42" 
Untitled by Aaron Williams
Untitled
cut book page
2012
11 5/8" x  8 1/2" 
Untitled (Couple) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Couple)
Acrylic on poster, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
35 3/4" x  24" 
Untitled (Trees) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Trees)
Acrylic on book page, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
12" x  9 7/8" 
Untitled (Alps 4) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Alps 4)
Acrylic on poster, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
23 3/4" x  36" 
Untitled (Mountain 4) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Mountain 4)
Acrylic on book page, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
13" x  10" 
Horizon 1 by Aaron Williams
Horizon 1
Cut book pages mounted on museum board, set into 7 found frames
2012
37" x  119 " 
Horizon 1 (detail) by Aaron Williams
Horizon 1 (detail)
Cut book pages mounted on museum board, set into 7 found frames
2012
37" x  119" 
Untitled (Alps) by Aaron Williams
Untitled (Alps)
Acrylic on book page, mounted on museum board/ panel
2012
13" x  10" 
Malcolm by Aaron Williams
Malcolm
Spray paint on cut poster
2011
31.75" x  24" 
Syd by Aaron Williams
Syd
Spray paint on cut poster
2011
31" x  24" 
Michael by Aaron Williams
Michael
Spray paint on cut poster
2011
28 3/4" x  22 1/2" 

Artist Statement
I tend to work with cheap or fallible materials and I'm currently working a lot with book pages and posters.  It's populist imagery that has very little physical value, but maintains great cultural and emotional currency.  I'm interested in the differences between a hand- made mark and a photographic image, particularly one that has the popular appeal of say, a music or film star.  These become abstracted images, ideas of portrait rather than an actual portrait.  In the same sense, a famous picture of the Alps exists as an idea of a landscape, rather than a singular, personal record of an experience.  This critical distance allows me to move more freely in manipulating the imagery and it also opens up questions and weird visual directions for me in the studio.  I'm working in the intersection between the image and the material; the space between the emotive capacity of the image and the physical reality of the paper and printing process.  Ultimately, I try to work as economically as possible and find some sort of relationship between the two.  There's a lot of questioning of the validity and reality of the images I work with, particularly in light of them being so broadly disseminated.  Through using very cheap materials and simple image- making techniques I want to keep everything as transparent as possible and see if I can produce something that is greater than the sum of it's parts.

Artist Bio / CV

Aaron Williams
Born in Rhode Island, lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


Solo Exhibitions

2013  Dietrologia, LaMontagne Gallery, Boston, MA
2008  All The World Is Renewed By Fire, Max Protetch Gallery, NYC
2007  Death Camas, OH+T Gallery, Boston, MA
2006  Black Mirror II, Domo Gallery, Summit, NJ  
2006  Black Mirror, Baumgartner Gallery, NYC


Selected Group Exhibitions

2013  REAL OP, Parallel Art Space, Ridgewood, NY
2013  Memphis Social, Memphis, TN
2013  Exhibition Game, Small Black Door, Ridgewood, NY
2013  Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2013  Lu Magnus Gallery, NYC
2012  Stephan Stoyanov Gallery, NYC
2012  Post Acid, Small Black Door, Queens, NY
2011  Rally, The institute Of Contemporary Art, Portland, ME
          Arcadia Now, Castleton State College, Castleton, VT
2010  Drift Video Screening, Little Wing Performance Space, Santa Fe, NM
2009  Sincerely Yours, Max Protetch Gallery Project Space, NYC
2008  Supernature, curated by Gretchen Bennett, Howard House Gallery,
           Seattle, WA
2007  Unfathom, curated with Stuart Krimko, Max Protetch Gallery, NYC
          Intelligent Design, Momenta Art, Brooklyn, NY
2006  Drift IV, curated by Eileen Torpey, Bronx River Arts Council, Bronx, NY
2005  Field Questions, Rosenwald- Wolf Gallery, University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA
2003  Toxic, Max Protetch Gallery, NYC
          Off The Top, Bill Maynes Gallery, NYC




Education

MFA  Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University
BFA  Maine College of Art   



Awards And Residencies

2008  Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation Grant
2002  Paintings Edge Residency Scholarship, Idyllwild, CA
           Giza- Daniels Endesha Award, Rutgers University



Bibliography

2012  May 29, Whitney Kimball, Artfagcity.com, "Recommended Studio", Interview
          Cheap And Plastique, Issue #10, Interview
2008  Johnson, Paddy "All The World Is Renewed By Fire", L Magazine, Artfagcity.com
           Hackett, Regina "Supernature", Seattle Post- Intelligencer
2007  McQuaid, Cate "Rendering The Darkness", Boston Globe
           Wagner, James "Intelligent Design At Momenta", Jameswagner.com
           Wagner, James "Unfathom At Max Protetch", Jameswagner.com
2006  Johnson, Paddy "The Best Art Of 2006", Artfagcity.com