Past the Pillars of Hercules
Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present, at Smart Clothes Gallery on the Lower East Side of NYC, “Past the Pillars of Hercules,” new works by Aaron Smith.
Aaron Smith locates his paintings, thematically, in the historical moment when the advent of photography began to usurp painting’s primary role in the realistic representation of our collective experience. Working from early photography, which often mimicked the formality and grandeur of Academic Painting, Smith infuses his images with the formal concerns of Modernism as well as the digital palette of our times. His paintings playfully acknowledge the breaking-down of Western Society’s patriarchal and hetero-normative past. Images of stoic Victorian gentlemen are transformed though vivid color and sensual brushwork into exotic, vulnerable creatures of desire.
Aaron Smith attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he is now an associate chair. In addition to solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, Smith has been featured in group shows at galleries and museums nationwide. These include the Laguna Art Museum, Frye Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum and Museum of South Texas. He was the first artist in residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Smith currently resides in Silver Lake, California with his husband Tom and their dogs Flora, Miles and El Capitan.
After four years on the Lower East Side of New York, Sloan Fine Art founder/curator/director Alix Sloan closed the physical space in late 2011 to pursue the less constrictive approach of a nomadic gallery. Over the past two years the gallery has participated in multiple art fairs and mounted solo and group exhibitions in various locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Miami.