Aaron Hillebrand
2011
Some of theses people in the window, they have a mirror, you know... so they can look out 2010, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 60 x 72"
Some of theses people in the window, they have a mirror, you know... so they can look out
2010, acrylic and glitter on canvas, 60 x 72"

I've always thought of art as visual, that there is a presence of an unknown or unknowable emotion and that is the subject of the art that I strive to create. The ma-terial or media I use varies, but the use of it is similar. I want to give the viewer a place, but at the same time there is no place and there is nowhere to go. You are left standing in a juxtaposition of reality and subject matter pointing towards yourself. The viewer gives meaning to the work with their presence. You are left to search for the subject, while I control the direction of the emotional response.

The icon, the idea of beauty, the constant bombardment of the visual and its repeti- tion and the repetition that's constantly present in life are the subject matters that I'm drawn to. I'm aiming at the emotional or unnameable presence of art more than the conceptual/visual base. I want to deliver a calm excitement: there is no anxiety of what will happen because you are already there.

Aaron Hillebrand, class of 2011

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