Aaron Wilder is a curator and interdisciplinary artist who mixes painting, collage, photography, graphic design, video, sound, writing, sculpture, and installation to blur boundaries between the analog and the digital, the public and the private, and the unassuming and the instigative. He uses his own experiences and sense of identity as a lens through which he explores the introspective and social processes of contemporary culture. Through an analytical deconstruction of these processes, his artistic approach is akin to that of an anthropologist, sociologist, and psychologist combined. Wilder’s concept-driven projects all incorporate his core belief that art can and should be used as a tool for generating critical thinking, dialogue, knowledge sharing, and understanding between individuals with divergent world perspectives.
Wilder defines his beliefs about the meaning of art through the term Conditionalism. The conditional tense (or mood) in languages is used to refer to a hypothetical state of affairs or to discuss what would happen under certain circumstances. Thus, a Conditionalist is one who is concerned with understanding a range of perspectives through dialogue with others who may perceive events and the world around them in different ways. Before it was appreciated for its aesthetic qualities, art (in its diverse array of expressions) was used as a way to facilitate the communication of ideas. Therefore, as a Conditionalist, Wilder seeks to employ his work in creating a forum to celebrate art as dialogue where individuals can share their perspectives on issues in the community and across the world.
Originally from Arizona, Aaron Wilder has also lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and France and currently resides in Chicago. Wilder has been creating art since 2002 and has shown at exhibitions in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC as well as Italy. Wilder received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2017 and has been featured in 25 solo exhibitions and 102 group exhibitions. Venues that have displayed his work include Adeline's Lab in Berkeley, Amos Eno Gallery in New York, ARC Gallery in Chicago, Arc Studios & Gallery in San Francisco, Arizona State University Mercado Galleria in Phoenix, Bass & Reiner in San Francisco, Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas, the Boston Society of Architects, Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, Con Artist Collective in New York, the District of Columbia Arts Center, Evolve Urban Arts Project at the Pierce School in Washington, DC, Fireplace Gallery at Mount Hood Community College in Oregon, the Foundry Art Centre in Missouri, Fridge Gallery in Washington, DC, Gallery Celtica in Phoenix, GearBox Gallery in Oakland, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art in Georgia, Gilbert Public Library in Arizona, HC West Gallery in Phoenix, Hera Gallery in Rhode Island, the InsideOut in Sacramento, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Millepiani Exhibition Space in Rome, Monmouth University in New Jersey, Northern Arizona University Art Museum in Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern California Art in Chico, Off-Rhode Gallery in Washington, DC, the Petaluma Arts Center in California, Reece Museum in Tennessee, the Rhode Island Center for Photographic Arts in Providence, Root Division in San Francisco, Saint Mary's College Museum of Art in California, the San Francisco Mint, Santa Paula Art Museum in California, Site:Brooklyn in New York, Solar Culture in Tucson, SPACEWOMb Gallery in New York, Stola Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Studio Door in San Diego, Wanderlife Gallery in Philadelphia, and Within Sight Gallery at RS Chicago Photography Classes.
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