Aaron C Bass
The Monkey King
10"H x 10"W
lithograph with chine colle and polymer gravure.
30"H x 22"W
The Balance of Nature
etching and viscosity.
7"H x 5"W
5"H x 5"W
wax, prints, hair, sculpted papers
41"H x 26"W x 5"D
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.
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
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 –
Mariposa: 2016 -
New Grounds: 2001-2006
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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