The Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts presents: Aaron Fowler
- By Simone Blaise-Glaunsinger
The Mollie Ruprecht Fund for Visual Arts presents Visiting Artist Talk: Aaron Fowler
Tuesday, March 27th at 6 pm
301 Williams Hall
72 University Place, Burlington, VT
Pulling from reality and his imagination, Aaron Fowler's work affirms and memorializes important figures in the marginalized and privileged communities in his life. The materials he uses – discards from his immediate environment –communicate ideas about transformation, community, and salvation. In Fowler's paintings, he conflates metaphorical imagery sourced from contemporary to prehistorical eras to represent those left to navigate oppressive socio-economic constructs with few tools and support. Fowler references his personal history, specifically growing up in St. Louis, an urban community abundant with poverty, materialism and violence. He create fantasy characters and paradigms that allude to the metaphysical aspects of race, and present a nuanced approach to reading narratives of blackness. Fowler reference figures in his life that have allowed him to see past negative imagery that too often defines black people in contemporary media. By building on stories from his past, and using the materials and experiences in his present, his work becomes a proposition for a political and social re-imagining of not only where he come from, but also the society where we all are.
Aaron Fowler (b. 1988, St. Louis, Missouri) currently works in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and Inglewood, California. Fowler received his BFA from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in 2011, and MFA from Yale University, in 2014. His work has been exhibited at Savannah College of Art and Design Museum of Art (2017); Beeler Gallery, Columbus College of Art and Design, Ohio (2016); Diane Rosenstein Gallery, Los Angeles (2016); Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2015); Flanders Gallery, Raleigh, North Carolina (2015); Thierry Goldberg Gallery, New York (2013); and Sophia Wanamaker Gallery, San José, Costa Rica (2012). He is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant (2015) and was an artist in residence at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2014).