October 19 – November 3, 2019
Opening reception 2-5pm Saturday October 19, 2019
Exhibition continues Saturdays and Sundays 1-5pm and by appointment
BoxoPROJECTS is very happy to present Unveiled, a selection of works by Joshua Tree-based artist Aaron Sheppard. Aaron is known for his use of graphic imagery and depictions of taboos across various mediums of painting, sculpture and performance. His work aims at debunking myths and unraveling tropes that underpin social norms and authoritarian structures. Shock in service of getting to the core.
A careful survey of Aaron’s work, reveals an alternative strategy for getting to the heart of the matter. A series of paintings, sculptures and hybrids dispenses with bold imagery in favor of expressionistic directions. These works, though more abstract, are no less powerful at invoking emotions and pointing to a spiritual potential. Boldness and grit are translated in color, gesture and form. Religion, Star Wars, gender identity, the immigration debate and classical mythology are all addressed and attended. No less daring than his more graphic works, these paintings and sculptures challenge us to experience and embrace the messy hybridity of life and of our constructed realities.
Aaron Sheppard has most recently performed in the Joshua Treenial (2019, 2017, 2015) as well as in the third edition of Bearded and Shucked, an Annual Mermaid Parade which he instigated in Joshua Tree, California. Last year, he was in residence at the Palo Verde Arts Center, and performed DICHOTOMOUS IMAGINARIUM at Ge-Shuku, Kanazawa, Japan. Aaron is a recipient of the Peter S. Reed Foundation Achievement Award. He has had solo exhibitions at Kunsthalle Exnergasse, Vienna, Austria, Volume 1E Brooklyn, New York, and galleries in Tokyo, Beijing, London, Las Vegas and Washington DC. Sheppard performed in “Conceptualizing the Body: Gaze, Masquerade, and Spectacle“, at SUNY College in Old Westbury, New York, the Fringe Festival in Australia, and shown video in, Maid in China(town), Chinese Biennale, Ku Art Center, Beijing China. His work has been written about in BOMB magazine, Artillery, The Huffington Post, Las Vegas Weekly, among many others.
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