Sunday, April 8, 2012

Aaron Schraeter: How to kill your Imaginary Friends. Thesis Exhibition

Aaron Schraeter, Solo Thesis Exhibition

April 16- April 24, 2012
Reception: Friday, April 20, 2012. 6-8pm

Klapper Hall Gallery, 4th floor,
Queens College CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, NY 11367

Aaron Schraeter’s work is tightly knit with the philosophy of Gallows Humor (or Galgenhumor, in its original German). This particular manner of thinking is historically tied to a steep tradition in Jewish humor that can be described as seeing funniness and responding with jest in the face of hopelessness. In his work, Aaron engages with subjects of anxiety, discomfort, and negativity. The imagery he employs consists of comedic violence and creatures that appear bizarre, menacing, quirky, and clumsy. He has described his work as being a “visual representation of constant competition between illogical fear and the desire to overcome.” Visually, the materials used in the aforementioned works are a blend of acrylic paints, bare wood, and various sculpting media. The effect is a raw and visceral aesthetic matching the intensity of the imagery that accompanies.

Getting There:
E/M to Continental Ave, Forest HIlls
Q64 Bus towards 71ST Ave /164th St
Jewel Ave/Kissena Blvd
Walk to 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Queens, New York 11367

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