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Aaron C Bass

Printmaker

The Monkey King
Premature Phoenix
The Balance of Nature
The Machinist
Regeneration Shrine
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The Monkey King

The Monkey King

etching

10"H x 10"W

Premature Phoenix

Premature Phoenix

lithograph with chine colle and polymer gravure.

30"H x 22"W

The Balance of Nature

The Balance of Nature

etching and viscosity.

7"H x 5"W

The Machinist

The Machinist

etching

5"H x 5"W

Regeneration Shrine

Regeneration Shrine

wax, prints, hair, sculpted papers

41"H x 26"W x 5"D

Artist Statement

Artist’s Statement

My work is based on an urban interpretation of animism. Animist thinking is a universal human response to our surroundings. A child’s toy or an object that brings comfort (such as a blanket) becomes imbued with an interpreted personality. A kitchen knife that caused an accidental cut may be less scary than an antique puppet that never caused any physical trauma. As adults we continue to form attachments to objects beyond the logical or sentimental. We need to personalize our vehicles and even name them. Many day to day decisions are based unconsciously around relationships we have formed with objects. A particular cup in the kitchen cabinet may be preferred, despite being no different than the other cups.

I developed my visual animist language through a combination of collecting objects that intuitively resonated with me and a passion for reading folklore from a variety of cultures and finding the common imagery. Along with the personality of objects, I also have always been fascinated by archetypes and how certain symbols resonate across cultures and time. What is of particular interest to me is the ability of subtler and less obvious archetypal imagery to still transmit an idea or feeling to a wide audience.

Through translating these objects on paper they become letters in an alphabet, So that when the right combination is used, a nuanced experience can be transmitted. For subject matter, I go in between relating universal experiences such as experiencing loss, love, triumph, etc. and trying to describe the deeper more hidden archetypal forces.

In order to access the intuitive parts of my mind, I find that I need to distract the logical section of my brain. Printmaking has been the ideal process for achieving this because chemical reactions, left-right reversal, layering of color and a host of other technical considerations must be considered at every juncture. The nature of print creation is often slower than more direct methods such as drawing and this too is beneficial. It can take months of regular work to achieve an image, the end product has been looked at and explored from varying perspectives which creates a carefully considered final image.

Exhibition History

Education:

M.F.A, Printmaking, University of New Mexico, 2007

Certified, Tamarind Professional Printer, Tamarind Print Institute, 2001

B.F.A., Printmaking, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, summa cum laude, 1999

Exhibitions:

2017: Prints by Southwest, South Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, N.M.

2017: Animatism, Solo-Exhibition, Mariposa Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2016: Pacific States Biennial N. American printmaking exhibition, juror Lloyd Menard, HI.

2016: Inkmasters 2016 Print Exhibition, Juried, Cairns, Queensland.

2016: Second Place Award of Excellence, 2016 ONLINE INTERNATIONAL, Juried All Media Exhibition, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild, Ca.

2016: A Re-revolution in New York: Ithaca Public Library, NY.

2016: Print Austin: Year of the Monkey exhibit at Lion’s Nest Gallery, Austin, TX

2015: East/West Portfolio, College of the Sequoias, Ca.

2015: NMCAPP Gala, Albuquerque, N.M

2014: Danse Macab: Platz Gallery, SUVA, Albuquerque, N.M.

2014: MONSTER, Albuquerque, The Little School House Gallery, Tieras, N.M.

2014: Faculty Exchange, SUVA Gallery, Tucson, A.Z.

2013: PRINT: Albuquerque, Platz Gallery, SUVA, Albuquerque, N.M.

2013: Paper in Particular, Columbia College, M.O., Juried. Juror- Tom Huck.

2013: On A Thread Of Memory, Leich Lathrop Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2013: Orogenesis, Leich Lathrop Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: Placebo Effect, Leich Lathrop Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: The West Mesa and Gallery Drawings, Leich Lathrop Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: Borderlands, Solo Exhibition, Leich Lathrop Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: Grand-Opening, Leich Lathrop Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: Gravure – The Chameleon of Printmaking, (exhibited & artist talk), New Grounds Print Workshop & Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: Faculty Exhibition, S.U.V.A., Platz Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2012: Gothic, Orange County Center for the Contemporary Arts, C.A.-Juried. Juror-Professor Amy Grimm.

2011: East/West Portfolio, Central Connecticut University, Conn.

2011: East/West Portfolio, University of Central Florida, F.A.

2011: East/West Portfolio, University of Colorado, C.O.

2011: East/West Portfolio, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, L.A.

2011: East/West Portfolio, Nicholls State University, L.A.

2011: Qijiang International Print Festival, Qijiang Printmaking Institute, China.- Juried. Jurors – Professor David Barker, Dr Weimin He, Ms Wuon-Gean Ho & Mr Yili Li.

2011: 3, Kimo Theatre, City of Albuquerque, N.M. (3 person exhibit)

2011: Mid-America Print Council Members Exhibition, Missouri State University, M.O. –

Juried. Juror: Emily Booth.

2010: Shy Rabbit Print International, Shy Rabbit Fine Arts, Pagosa Springs, C.O. -Juried. Juror:

Yuji Hiratsuka Professor of Art, Oregon State University, Corvallis.

2010: Gunifa, Kala Academi, Goa, India.

2010: International Tour Show 10, Park Fine Art Albuquerque, N.M. & Gallery Edel,

Takarazuka, Hyogo, Japan & Changwon National University Art Museum, South Korea.

2010: Faculty Exhibition, Platz Gallery, T.A.C.D.C. with Artist’s Talk. N.M.

2010: Paper in Particular, Columbia College, M.O. - juried. Juror: Bradlee Shanks; Professor of printmaking at the University of South Florida.

2009: Gunifa, University of Tennessee.

2009: Stream of International Prints, Hongiv University, Seoul, S. korea

2009: Gunifa, Impact 6, Bristol, U.K

2009: International Tour Show 09, Park Fine Art Albuquerque, N.M. & Kyung-In Museum of Art, South Korea

2008: Gunifa, CHAAP Printmaking Workshop, Vadodara, India

2008: A Standard Debut, 105 Studios, Albuquerque, N.M.

2008: Art Squared, Corrales -Bosque Gallery, Corrales, N.M.

2008: Imprints, M cafe, Natural History Museum, Albuquerque, NM.

2007: Ephemeris, two person exhibition, Studio Three Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

2007: Imagination and Innovation, Jewish Community Campus, Albuquerque, N.M.

2007: Portals, M.F.A. Thesis solo Exhibition, Yale Art Center, Albuquerque, N.M.

2006: Pushing Paper, Masley Gallery, University of New Mexico – Juried. Juror: Laurel

Lampella. Professor of Art Education at the University of New Mexico.

2006: 11, Yale Art Center, Albuquerque, N.M.

2005: 38th Annual Arts International Exhibition, Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas–Juried. Juror:Joy Miller Curator for the Las Cruces Museum of Fine Art.

2005: Best of New Mexico Book Arts, Papergami, Albuquerque, N.M. – Juried. Juror: Anne Engelhardt, President of Libros Book Artist Guild.

2005: Mentors-Alchemy, A.S.A. Gallery, University of New Mexico.

2002: Incoming, Jonson Gallery, University of New Mexico. – Juried. Juror: Robert Ware

curator, Jonson Gallery.

2001-2006: Monthly group exhibitions at New Grounds Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

1997-1999: Tyler School of Art, yearly exhibitions –

Gallery Representation:

Mariposa: 2016 -

Leich-Lathrop: 2012-2014

New Grounds: 2001-2006

Major Collections:

University of Southern Indiana

Special Collections Department & Rare Books Room, the University of Colorado

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Nicholls State University

University of North Dakota

Albuquerque Museum of Art

University of New Mexico Print Archives

University of New Mexico Law School

University of New Mexico Hospital

Loyola College, Baltimore, MD

University of Texas at Austin

Rives Print Collection, France

Estampe Museum, Mexico City, Mexico

State University of New York at Oneonta

University of North Carolina at Fayetteville

Tyler School of Art, P.A.

Workshop & Gallery, Albuquerque, N.M.

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