AARON VALENZUELA at EM & Co

AARON VALENZUELA at EM & Co

Wednesday, August 24, 2011 - 12:08

EM & Co presents NEW BODIES, a show featuring works by Studio Art graduate student Aaron Valenzuela.  The show runs from August 26 to September 21, 2011.  Opening reception on Friday, August 26, 7-10pm.

Aaron Valenzuela's work interrogates consumer culture, fashion histories, and language.  He focuses on the body as a utilitarian vehichle in order to reveal possibilities between organic/inorganic, excess/restraint, and lifestyle aspiration.

This series of paintings entitled NEW BODIES, acrylic layered on photographic images, were created after a few years of working in retail, as he became increasingly disheartened by the corporate process and the repetitiveness of the compositions in the fashion displays.  His works re-examine fashion imagery, in itself a simulacrum.  These paintings also served as image outlines for body sculptures.

Born in Southern California, Aaron Valenzuela has a BFA from UCLA and is presently a Studio Art MFA candidate for UC Irvine.  He currenlty resides in Los Angeles.