"16 x 16" at artdc Gallery
artdc Gallery proudly presents
"16 x 16"
A Group Show Including the Art of Aaron Wilder
May 5 – 31, 2014
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12:00 – 2:00pm
5710 Baltimore Avenue
Hyattsville, MD 20781
Aaron Wilder works primarily in mixed media and acrylic paint and uses color, line, and text to grab attention and provoke personal interaction with his work. Some of the more dominant themes in his artwork include international politics, political and social commentary, popular culture, contradictions, introspection, the state of humanity, gay rights, gender equality, and questioning the process of our own socialization.
Aaron’s “Le Monde” series is a collection of 110 mixed media sketches combining pencil, ink, and pastel expressively depicting flags of the world. In depicting flags as a symbol of geographic, political, and economic attachment, Aaron explores the contrasting, yet simultaneous forces of global interconnectedness and fragmentation. The exhibition includes five pieces from the “Le Monde” series that will help to create a Conditionalist forum in which perspectives, ideas, and beliefs about our own tethering and detachment to symbols that represent us, at least in part, as human beings can be discussed and explored.
Aaron 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, he 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 has also lived in California and France and currently resides in Washington, DC. He has been creating art since 2002 and has shown at exhibitions in Chicago, Illinois; Flagstaff, Arizona; Gilbert, Arizona; New York, New York; Phoenix, Arizona; San Francisco, California; Tucson, Arizona; and Washington, DC.