May 24, 2011

Cowboys

Self-Portrait 2(Detil)

An exhibition of recent works by Aaron Skolnick
June 10 – July 8, 2011
Opening reception 10 June @ 7pm

Land of Tomorrow is pleased to present works from Aaron Skolnick’s Cowboy series. Skolnick’s first solo exhibition, Cowboy opens on the 10th of June with a reception at 7pm and runs through the 8th of July.

Cowboy has been in production for the past year, and through this projection of self, the artist reinvents identity using the iconic image of the American Cowboy. Initially, Skolnick chose known subjects or friends as models, but through process and reaction, he has grown his subject matter to include Internet material, pornography, pop icons, and historic figures. The series is largely a study of contemporary sexuality that began with small graphite renderings of moustaches and crotches. As the scope of his imagery grew, the artist started working at a larger scale including his recent, larger-than-life, three-quarter portraits. These Cowboy portraits intensely confront the viewer making the audience self-aware and hypersensitive to its own voyeuristic behavior. For the artist, Cowboy becomes icon, masculine stereotype, sexual tool, sexual identity as survival mode, and facilitator to the viewer’s understanding of sexual experience.

Skolnick is a BFA candidate at the University of Kentucky. He has shown his work throughout Kentucky including Sausades, a group show at the Ice House, and the Boomslang Festival at HOP HOP.


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Photos by Michael Haas

3 comments

  • May 30, 2011 at 5:01 pm //

    It has been an unbelievable experience watching Aaron grow and develop. I am a very proud father.

  • Aaron does studio work for me. He is the most talented young artist I’ve ever worked with. Not only a profound talent but a work ethic and drive that one rarely sees in even a much older artist. It work and name will be around for a very long time. Louis Bickett.

  • Aaron does studio work for me. He is the most talented young artist I’ve ever worked with. Not only a profound talent but a work ethic and drive that one rarely sees in even a much older artist. It work and name will be around for a very long time.

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