Arts Council of Southeast Missouri Proudly Presents
A Group Show Including the Art of Aaron Wilder
June 7- July 27, 2019
Opening Reception: June 7, 2019, 5:00pm-9:00pm
Arts Council of Southeast Missouri
16 North Spanish Street
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
Internal conflicts and external influences motivate artists' work. Through their work, artists respond to these conflicts within and influences around them. Internal/External explores how artists respond to their internal emotions and thoughts or their external environment. Internal/External, a national juried exhibition, is presented by the Arts Council of Southeast Missouri, and receives financial assistance from the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Work from Aaron Wilder's "Social Boundaries" project is included in the exhibition. This is an ongoing photography and installation project involving photographs of bars on doors and windows installed behind actual metal bars that at one time served the same function. The photographs were taken during performative walks along both sides of the official boundaries around San Francisco’s neighborhoods. This series is an inquiry into both the literal and symbolic function of these metal bars and their relationship to changing urban landscapes and the social interactions therein. Wilder's approach to this “Social Boundaries” project aims to observe and reflect upon the rapid social, cultural, and economic changes occurring in San Francisco, a city undergoing a prolonged identity crisis. Through this project Wilder seeks to draw attention to this crisis to highlight the complexities of underlying issues.