Foundry Art Centre Proudly Presents
Global Impact: The Wake of COVID
A Group Show Including the Art of Aaron Wilder
August 14-September 25, 2020
Closing Reception: September 25, 2020, 5:30pm-7:00pm
Vote for Aaron Wilder's work for the Community Choice Award! You can vote only once up until September 25. Wilder's piece Where is Home? (Sequoya Elementary School: Recess) is the last in the virtual exhibition at the top (page 69). After entering your information, please consider selecting Wilder's piece for this award (Wilder's name and the artwork title is the last option at the end of the list of works to vote for).
Gallery talk by the juror, Robin Hirsch-Steinhoff
520 North Main Center
Saint Charles, MO 63301
Global Impact: The Wake of Covid will be an all media exhibition focusing on what artists have been working on with the global impact of COVID-19. We are asking artists “What have you been creating in response? How has your work shifted due to self-isolation and quarantine? How have your perspectives changed?”
Work from Aaron Wilder's Where is Home? project is included in the exhibition. Where is Home? is a series of black and white 120 film photographs (shot on a Holga) depicting aspects of physical geography from the artist's past that used to hold meaning for him but now feel distant. By photographing areas years after Wilder's attachment to those structures has faded away, he seeks to invoke feelings forgotten and memories blurred. In many cases, these spaces are no longer recognizable between what he remembers and the photograph. With the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting shelter-in-place, and the artist's unemployment, Wilder finally had time to edit many of these photographs. This also provided an opportunity to reflect upon childhood memories and how they relate to activities that we can no longer do in quarantine. This gave Wilder the opportunity to meditate on the overlapping feelings of isolation between his earliest memories and the current situation. The photograph included in the exhibition, Where is Home? (Sequoya Elementary School: Recess) depicts a portion of the empty playground of the school Wilder attended for first grade.