Welch Fellow and third year MFA candidate Aaron Kagan Putt will be among the artists opening their spaces to the public on Friday for our Studio Soirée at the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State [tickets available here]. Putt will also be in the group exhibiting work at Aqua Art Miami during Art Basel week in December.
Aaron was raised in the dry heat and saguaro-speckled landscape of Tucson, Arizona, not far from the Mexican border. He ventured often into these divided territories, developing an intense interest in travel and cultural hybridity. His current art practice is centered around his considerable experiences of extended and immersive travel. Combining and amplifying the illusionistic elements of both sculpture and painting, his work seeks to evoke the incongruous and exhilarating sensations related to these experiences—excitement, confusion, anxiety, exuberance, curiosity—and examines the commodification of culture. The mishmash of forms, imagery, and materials in the sculptural paintings describe a destabilized symbolic order, at once thrilling, bewildering, and sometimes terrifying.
He has traveled for research and worked on other projects throughout North, South and Central America, North and West Africa, the Caribbean, and Eastern and Western Europe. Check out his website for more info.