Installation view

Aaron Collier

How He Tries, 2018

Flashe and oil on canvas

21 x 16 inches

Aaron Collier

Figured at the Edge, 2018

Flashe and oil on canvas

17 x 14 inches

Aaron Collier

What There is to Hold, 2017

Flashe on canvas

20 x 18 inches

Aaron Collier

Slumped the Divide, 2018

Flashe on canvas

18 x 16 inches

Aaron Collier

Not Today But Tomorrow, 2017

Flashe and oil on canvas

21 x 16 inches

Installation view

Aaron Collier

Floating in Place, 2018

Flashe and oil on canvas

30 x 28 inches

Installation view

Aaron Collier

What Report the Method Allows, 2018

Flashe and oil on canvas

16 x 12 inches

Aaron Collier

From a Fount, 2018

Oil on paper

 

Aaron Collier

Arcana, 2018

Oil on paper

Aaron Collier

Dark to Light, 2018

Oil on paper

 

Aaron Collier

The Sun Stood Still, 2018

Oil on paper

 

Aaron Collier

Dark Figures, 2018

Oil on paper

 

Installation view

Aaron Collier

Overlay, 2018

Oil on paper

 

Aaron Collier

Completing the Arch, 2018

Oil on paper

Installation view

Aaron Collier

Edge of the Grotto, 2018

Oil on canvas

60 x 40 inches

Aaron Collier
Of the Rocks, 2018
Flashe on canvas
36 x 36 inches

Aaron Collier
Attendants to the Ascent, 2018
Flashe on canvas
36 x 32 inches

Aaron Collier
Lamentation, 2018
Flashe on canvas
62 x 50 inches

Installation view

Aaron Collier

Some Pieces of It All, 2017

Flashe on canvas

30 x 32 inches

Installation view

Aaron Collier

Crest and a Fork, 2018

Flashe on canvas

20 x 24 inches

Aaron Collier

The View Not Distant, 2018

Flashe on canvas

20 x 16 inches

Aaron Collier

Bent, 2018

Oil on paper

Aaron Collier

Confluence, 2017

Flashe on canvas

14 x 17 inches

Aaron Collier

Curtain, 2017

Flashe on canvas

16 x 14 inches

Aaron Collier

The Sky Ahead, 2018

Flashe and oil on canvas

10 x 10 inches

Aaron Collier

Untitled Piece, 2018

Flashe and oil on canvas

8 x 8 inches

Aaron Collier

What There is to See, 2017

Flashe on canvas

18 x 16 inches

Aaron Collier: Of Rocks and Ruins

Octavia Art Gallery - New Orleans

October 6 – 27, 2018

Opening reception: October 6, 6 – 8 pm
*In conjunction with Art for Art Sake

Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Aaron Collier: Of Rocks and Ruins.

The “Everything You Need to Know” website that intends to prepare visitors for the
breezy summit and scenic overlook of Palatine Hill in Rome offers the following caution:
“Without a guide or guidebook, it can be difficult to make sense of the ruins of the
Palatine… you don’t want to be one of those tourists who wanders aimlessly around the
hill, with no idea of what they’re looking at.” Failing to click on the host of supplied links
for guide services made available to me by this website, I became “one of those tourists”
in September of 2017.

 

The difficulty of making sense of the excavations and remains
drove me up that hill. The promise of innumerable fragments, pieces, and ruins (nothing
fully intact or scatheless) was the reward of the climb, not the handicap. A profound
inability to explain away or see through every layer was the experience and the seat that I
hoped to find, one of bewilderment and mystery. This act of looking is one that prizes
possibility and questions, rather than answers and identification.

My professional practice as a visual artist is one that implements several modes of image
making towards braving the central questions that drive my research: what am I to do
with a small and incomplete knowledge of a vast, complex, and multivalent world? What
of challenge or gain accompanies an incomplete knowledge of the world? How are
images, which are inherently shards or snippets of information, able to picture this
inability to know in full?

Abstraction, marked as it is by the ability to be both suggestive and silent, proves to be a
fitting vehicle for exploring the possibility of paint to simultaneously reveal and conceal.
This dichotomy parallels a shifting, evolving world where what we know consistently
shares an edge with what we do not. Paintings in Of Rocks and Ruins layer observed
positive shapes and negative spaces from historical works such as Leonardo’s Virgin of
the Rocks and Hendrick Goltzius’ Pieta to the degree that the individual and original
referent becomes difficult to delineate. Piecing together a knowledge or experience of
something through remaining or available fragments mimics our daily interactions with
the world. Rather than suggest that these interactions foreground a certain lack or
shortcoming, I wonder if incomprehensibility can ever be a source of joy?
– Aaron Collier

Aaron Collier is a visual artist living in New Orleans. He teaches drawing and painting at Tulane
University as an Assistant Professor. This is Aaron’s first solo exhibition at Octavia Art Gallery.
Previous solo exhibitions of his work have occurred at Cole Pratt Gallery and Staple Goods, an
artist-run gallery in the St. Claude Avenue Arts District of New Orleans. He has participated in
recent group exhibitions at The Clemente in New York and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art
in New Orleans. Additionally, his work has been featured in New American Paintings and is
represented in such collections as the New Orleans Museum of Art, Iberia Bank, and the Boston
Medical Center. Collier has been awarded artist residencies by the Ragdale Foundation, the
Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Joan Mitchell Center (New Orleans), ISCP (Brooklyn),
and Open Ateliers Zuidoost (Amsterdam).