A Group Show Including the Art of Aaron Wilder
Online Exhibition: July 1 - August 31, 2021
Physical Exhibition: July 15 - August 31, 2021
1 Washington Street, Suite 1177
Dover, NH 03820
The Award-Winning Art Center in Dover, New Hampshire announces a juried art competition and exhibition titled Un-American.
Un – American: Not characteristic of or consistent with American customs, principles or traditions or not agreeing with American values, principles, or traditions.
America today is a divided nation. Black/White, male/female, red/blue, conservative/liberal, native born/immigrant. These labels serve to divide us instead of unite us. Do they really apply? Are they useful going forward? What was considered “settled” years ago is now being seen as insufficient. Artists have an unusual place in society, where they can call attention to these issues in ways that are insightful, moving, and yes, funny. The Art Center is highlighting the artists on the subjects they want to speak clearly about.
Works include acrylic, assemblage, charcoal, collage, digital art, drawings, fiber art, graphite, oil, pastel, photography (traditional and digital), printmaking, and watercolor.
Work from Aaron Wilder's Right Rear project are included in the exhibition. Right Rear is an ongoing digital collage series identifying the most conservative public individual, in Aaron Wilder's opinion, for each year starting in 1985. The term "Right Rear" is taken from a stove setting applied to conservative politicians and others to outline Wilder's own personal opinion of these individuals. This series is heavily influenced by artists such as Andy Warhol and Shepard Fairey. Wilder uses high contrast, simple colors, and a triptych-style composition to confront viewers with an accessible and clear statement inviting viewers to analyze the impact of these conservative personas on society at large as well as them personally. Pop art styling and advertising tactics are employed in a street art approach to engage viewers in critical thinking.