Join us for an artist talk featuring Aaron Fowler, the 2019 Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize recipient. Fowler's new solo exhibition, Aaron Fowler: Into Existence, features new works that reference family, friends, and his own presence in sculpture assemblages that are alternately life size or larger than life size.
Based in Harlem, Los Angeles, and St. Louis, Aaron Fowler makes large-scale works composed of a wide range of found materials. With references to American history, Black culture, real and imagined narratives, and personal experiences, each work is densely layered with meaning and materiality. From ironing boards and car parts to hair weaves and videos, Fowler’s work is imbued with multivalent narratives that seduce the viewer, while employing compositional approaches akin to 19th- and 20th-century paintings of Americana.
Fowler’s fall 2019 solo exhibition at SAM will be curated by Sandra Jackson-Dumont, Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and SAM’s former Deputy Director for Education and Public Programs/Adjunct Curator in Modern and Contemporary Art.
Free with RSVP.
Funding for the prize and exhibition is provided by the Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence and Jacob Lawrence Endowment and generous support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Foundation.
Image: Donkey Gods, 2018, oil paint, acrylic paint, enamel paint, vinyl paint, mirror, concrete cement, hair weave, beard weave, screws, Plexiglas, inkjet prints, pegboard, school desk chairs, Doc Martens, sneakers, socks, LED rope lights, paint brush, canvas, Newports, blunts, fake plants, green foam blocks on school desks, digital video, tablet computer, 106 x 200 x 31 in. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer. Image courtesy of the artist © Aaron Fowler