This second print, Time Size Vertigo, reminds me of the old Outer Limits show opening. Remember that? "We control your television. We control the vertical. We control the horizontal." When you have a sci-fi freak for an older brother, you end up watching a lot of stuff like this on TV during your formative years. Aaron's shop description for the print: "Red, black and white abstract collage combining images of nano technology, sliced structures with windows and a fractured clock. " I love the combination of the deconstructed black and white images with the red and black vertigo spinning circles. It reminds me a bit of the movie posters for Hitchock's Vertigo as well, with its mysterious and unsettling visual tone.
Red Sky Planet looks otherworldly and tropical, somehow. It reminds me a bit of Matisse's collages, teleported to another world. "Genetically modified flowers growing on another planet with a bright red sky." With a peppermint lollipop moon, I might add. It looks like the cover of an album I would want to listen to. There's something very elemental yet polished about Aaron's work. Red Sky Planet especially is a bit primal, while also registering as a bit technical.
Which brings me back to the main theme of what I seem to like in art, doesn't it? Two extremes brought together or smashed into each other to create a new, visually stunning image.
As he does in this print, The Gift, Aaron is able to take discordant found images and make something fresh and emotionally striking. If I ran across the images on their own, they might be interesting, but the way that Aaron is able to see them and combine them--the colors, the shapes, and the cultural and emotional impact, not to mention the sense of humor--that's what makes it great art, and that is Aaron's gift. As he says in his shop announcement, "Embrace anomalies and spontaneity!" Good advice to all of us who attempt to create new things.
One last note: All images are the property of Aaron Whitmoyer. Please consult him before copying or using any of the images in this blog post, or you'll end up transported to another planet, and not a nice one either. Thanks!
And be sure to check out his shop. It's full of techno-magic!