GearBox Gallery Proudly Presents
A Group Show Including the Art of Aaron Wilder
August 15-September 7, 2019
Opening Reception: August 17, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm
Closing Reception: September 6, 2019, 6:00pm-9:00pm
770 West Grand Avenue
Oakland, CA 94520
Art Plus Movement is inspired by questioning how art made in our current divisive state of cultural, political, and religious points of view will be regarded historically. An art movement is defined as a tendency or style in art with a specific common philosophy or goal, followed by a group of artists during a restricted period of time. Art history points to how various movements in art, referred to as isms (impressionism, cubism, fauvism, expressionism, surrealism) were reflections of the views of their time. Additionally, of course, movement also refers to a principle of composition in art and can be used to cause a visual tempo or beat.
Work from Aaron Wilder's "Expletive" project is included in the exhibition. "Expletive" is an experiment in the aestheticization of derogatory labels. Wilder employs vividness, repetition, and the form of text to disempower slurs used everyday by obscuring the word through the stacking of its letters on top of each other. What remains is an aesthetic and geometric arrangement of shapes.