Art Exhibit at 111 West Avenue Features Work by Aaron Northrup '10; Bridges Gap Between Reality and Imagination
By Dareth McKenna, secretary, Office of Collegewide Academic Review
May 18, 2012
An exhibition of recent works by Aaron Northrup '10 is on display at the teaching gallery at 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs, through June 2. The artist is a graduate of the Hudson Valley Center who is taking classes with David Wheeler. The gallery is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
The exhibit was curated by Judith Belt-Smith, a student in the School for Graduate Studies, also studying with Wheeler.
Northrup's artist statement:
"I wholeheartedly believe that my imagination has saved my life many times over. It has always enriched my life and my experiences and been my crutch when times were bad. Without my imagination I would be lost. With my work I bring my daydreams to life."My work as a special-effects artist has always been about trying to bridge the gap between reality and imagination; blurring the lines between the natural and the fabricated so the viewer cannot tell the difference. With my sculptures, I take the same approach, blurring the lines between reality and imagination in the world around me. I believe that for many in our modern world, it is often too easy to overlook the magic that is right outside the suburban sprawl in the few untouched places left. Unless they are too big to ignore, places in nature that may have been once worshiped or viewed integral to our survival, are now often merely an afterthought; something we know we must preserve but hardly stop to take it in with all of our senses.
"I put faces and human-like qualities to the supernatural world that I imagine still exists around us, in the forests, and in the lakes and streams. I want my work to remind people to fully take in their surroundings with all their senses and to inspire them to let their imaginations run."
Photos: Above, left: "Sedimental," lifecast, glue, sand and sediment from Lake Lonely; painted with acrylics and sealed; submerged in the shallows of Lake Lonely, Saratoga Springs. Above, right: "Watcher on the Water," rocks on the shore of Lake Lonely, Saratoga Springs.