ART CV

Artist Statement.

There’s something about elements in nature that are always surprisingly abstract to me. I’m interested in shapes in nature as they relate to abstraction in painting. In my work I investigate the curious, rich area of visual potential these shapes exist in. I question how we interpret what we see in terms of abstraction whether it is by chance or intentionally looking at a work of art.

I collect distinctly different representations of abstraction of nature: prints, books, photographs and more. I make drawings and collages from these source materials. They become cut and paste blueprints from which I build my surface layers on the picture plane.

Concealing and revealing in my work is an important form of visual play. I play with the back and forth between what is print, what is paint and what is just negative space. Collage is a form of sampling but for me it’s what’s in between those samples, which is just as exciting. My selection process of shapes, images and paint is based in poetic responses on how I respond to formal elements – it is in that act that I find profound meaning.

Aaron Wexler
abwexler(at)mac.com
www.aaronwexler.com
347-262-9015

Education

1999
M.F.A. Painting and Drawing.
The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.
1996
B.F.A. Painting and Drawing.
Tyler School of Art. Phila, PA.

Solo Exhibitions

2015
The Out Crowd
Ice House Gallery, Monmouth University. West Long Branch, NJ.
2015
The Basket Looked Like An Ocean And I was Just Throwing Rocks In It.
Morgan Lehman Gallery. NY, NY.
2013
The Inverse of What's Light and What's Heavy
Morgan Lehman Gallery. NY, NY.
2009
Invisible Ghost
Josee Bienvenu Gallery. NY, NY.
2008
Use Your Indoor Voice
One In The Other Gallery. London, UK.
2006
Mind Over Matter
Josee Bienvenu Gallery. NY, NY.

Group Exhibitions

2016
Limitation and Creation of Imagination
Sezon Gallery. Tokyo, Japan.
2015
Director’s Favorites: 1999-2015
The New Britain Museum of American Art. New Britain, CT.
2013
Ciudad Saudade, Architectures of Memory.
Reverse Space. Brooklyn, NY.
2013
Remix. Selections from International Collage Center.
Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA,
Katonah Museum of Art. NY.
2011
Permanent Collection.
Regina Rex at NurtureArt, New York, NY.
2010
Stand Here and Listen
The James Hotel. NY, NY.
Permanent exhibition/acquisition.
2009
Abstract America
Saatchi Gallery. London, UK.
2008
1968/2008 The Culture of Collage
Pavel Zoubok Gallery. NY,NY.
2007
Twilight Musings
One In The Other Gallery. London, UK.
2006
The New Collage
Pavel Zoubok Gallery. NY, NY.
2006
181st. Annual Invitational Exhibition
of Contemporary Art.
The National Academy Museum. NY, NY.
2005
No Apology For Breathing. Group Show.
Jack The Pelican Presents. Brooklyn, NY.
2004
FreeForm. Group Show. Fordam University.
Center Gallery at Lincoln Center. New York, NY.
2004
Puzzle Palace. Group Show. Josee Bienvenu Gallery.
New York, NY.
2004
Aaron Wexler & Colin Keefe. PS122 Gallery. New York, NY. Curated by: Anne Ellegood.
2004
Some Exhaust
Lehmann Maupin. New York, NY.
2004
The Day After I Destroyed The Women I Wished I Had Not Destroyed The Women.
5BE, Oliver Kamm Gallery. New York, NY.
2003
Team Work
Vox Populi Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.
2003
Weight as Real
The Queens Council on The Arts. L.I.C., NY.
2003
The Accords
Weather Records Project Space. Brooklyn, NY
2002
Gecenkondu. Group Show. Apexart. New York, NY.
2002
Grotto. Jessica Murray Projects. Brooklyn, NY.
2001
FFWD Miami. Contemporary Art Fair.
Curated room by Anne Ellegood.
2001
The Willow House
Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art. Chicago, IL.
2000
Minimal Provocations
Betty Rymer Gallery. Chicago, IL.
2000
Flat Files
Bellwether Gallery. Brooklyn, NY.
2000
OPEN
L.F.L. Gallery. New York, NY.
1999
Post MFA
Peter Miller Gallery. Chicago, IL.

Selected Bibliography

2010
Wallpaper Magazine. December issue. Pg. 90
Interior Design Magazine. November issue. Pg. 158
2008
Abstract America, The Saatchi Gallery, Rizzoli.
Coxhead, Gabriel, One in The Other, Time Out London, March 14.
2006
The 181st Annual Invitational Exhibition, National Academy Museum, NY, John Schmidt, GBE Plus.
The New Collage, Pavel Zoubok Gallery, X-ing Design.
2005
Cotter, Holland, Art in Review: No Apology For Breathing, New York Times, August 12.
2004
Cotter Holland, Art in Review: The Day After I Destroyed The Women I wished I Had Not, New York Times, August 6.
Frame Magazine #38, The Three Second Rule, May/June.

Grants, Awards, Residencies

2014
VCCA - Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.
Full fellowship award.
2006
Julius Hallgarte Prize, National Academy.
2005
Atlantic Center for The Arts
2004
Vermont Studio Center
2001
Curatorial Grant, Artists Space, NY.

Lectures, Panel Discussions and Visiting Artist

Monmouth University, NJ. The Drawing Center, NY.
Parsons/New School University, NY.
Pratt Institute, NY.
The National Academy Museum, NY.
Penn State University, PA.

Collections

The West Collection
The Saatchi Collection
The New Britain Museum of American Art
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