“Air Drop” series features Houston-based artist Aaron Parazette’s recent Color Key paintings. This series continues an earlier investigation using uniquely shaped panels combined with vividly colored geometric abstraction. The shaped nature of the paintings calls to mind the work of Ellsworth Kelly, Frank Stella, and Robert Mangold, as well as the dense world of signs throughout urban landscape. These paintings also continue with Parazette’s signature interest in color and craft, channeled through the material, mathematics, and mechanics of painting. He regards his activity as a conversation with history, as well as a contemporary communicative system of images and sensations. As with his previous word paintings, this new work has no overt references to the outside world and instead emphasizes form, color, and craft. The result is an arresting self-contained world, profuse with visual conundrums that suggest analogues with existing signs and structures. Much like the economical forms of Minimalism, these are works that affect and transform the feeling and nature of the spaces they inhabit.
Aaron Parazette was born in Ventura, California and holds an MFA in Painting from the Claremont Graduate University. Solo exhibitions include “All On Up,” Marlborough Gallery, Chelsea, New York, 2006; “Drive Thru,” The Suburban, Chicago, 2005; and “Project Space,” ARCO International Contemporary Art Fair, Madrid, Spain, 2005. His two-person and group exhibitions include “More Than Words,” Von Lintel Gallery, New York, 2008; “Blurring the Line,” University of Texas at San Antonio, 2006; “Restless,” Glassell School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 2005; and “Conversagence,” Gregory Lind Gallery, 2004. Parazette’s distinctions include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and an Artadia Fund for Art and Dialogue Award. His work has been reviewed in various publications, including Art in America, Art News, Art Papers, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the San Francisco Chronicle. This is his third exhibition with Gregory Lind Gallery. Parazette lives and works in Houston.