Queens, New York
Aaron Williams' work pulls its concerns and inspiration from a variety of sources which include popular culture, cinema, art history, and his own "failed" previous works. Issues of failure vs success, the unique vs the everyday, sought-after vs throw-away as these ideas relate to art and it's intersection with spheres of commodification and public regard are a few of his many interests. In the series selected for The Dorado Project, Aaron Williams subjects ready-made, printed ephemera to a decidedly exacting art-making process; the painstaking splicing and intertwining of images via Op-art like patterning. His choice here of humble materials and measured artistic gestures seems to directly confront the bravura and mythos of Ab-Ex American Modernism and the lingering influence it has had on the critical consideration of art. A master of his craft, Williams takes an elevated and considered stance not only in the construction of his works but also toward the questions that birth them.
Aaron Williams received his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (Brunswick, NJ) and his BFA from the Maine College of Art (Portland, ME). His work has been shown in various venues including LaMontagne Gallery (Boston, MA), Stephan Stoyanov Gallery (New York, NY), Mulherin + Pollard Gallery (New York, NY), Parallel Art Space (Ridgewood, NY), and Max Protech Gallery (New York, NY) among others. His work has been covered by The L Magazine, The Boston Globe, Art F City, Hyperallergic, Art Info, The Huffington Post, and The New York Times. The artist lives and works in Queens, NY.