March 31 – May 5, 2012
In the West Room
Opening reception for the artist:
Saturday March 31st 6-8pm
Western Project is proud to present new paintings by Aaron Sheppard in the West Room. Now a resident of Los Angeles, Sheppard is continuing his exploration on myths of the creation of man and woman, especially from the 16th century artist Jan Harmensz Muller. Using a variety of elements and collage, Sheppard constructs a brew of familiar yet exotic narrative imagery. He writes:
“I seek to objectify the materiality of the mediums used (paint, neon resin,,,), showcase the study of line work, and highlight issues of human identity, while hoping to have the sensual relationship with each of these items resonate……I ponder a spectrum of ideas about perspective, composition, beauty, ethics, historical evolution, perception, “perversions”….
It is Sheppard’s hallmark to upset the applecart of expectations about human and sexual identities, blurring all boundaries and definitions. His exquisite line drawing is a seductive vine to lead the viewer into a world where there exist fantastic visions and unexpected couplings. It is a leap into a possibly more real depiction of the multiplicity of life – the hidden and pleasurable actions of the unspoken.
Aaron Sheppard is a recent recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Achievement Award. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, Volume 1E Brooklyn, New York, and galleries in Tokyo, Beijing, London, Las Vegas and Washington DC. Sheppard has performed in “Conceptualizing the Body: Gaze, Masquerade, and Spectacle”, at SUNY College in OldWestbury, New York, the Fringe Festival in Australia, and shown video in, Maid in China(town), Chinese Biennale, Ku Art Center, Beijing China. His work has been written about in BOMB magazine, Artillery, The Huffington Post, Las Vegas Weekly, among others.