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Aaron Nagel, Painter

Yes, folks, I still love painting and I still write about artists who use traditional methods. I wanted to give you a little taste of what’s to come. I’m currently working on an article about Bay Area artist, Aaron Nagel. I had the pleasure of sitting down with him to discuss his art and practice BUT here’s a great video from the Warholian. Enjoy!

Artist Aaron Nagel Studio Interview – Warholian Profile Series – from Warholian on Vimeo.

By Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina American writer, artist, and educator whose academic and research interests include feminist media histories, critical medical anthropology, technology, race, and ethics. She is a Ph.D. student in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz as a Eugene V. Cota-Robles fellow. She received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts and holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Her work as been exhibited at Ars Electronica, Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the GLBT Historical Society.

Her writing appears in art21, Art in America, Ars Technica, Hyperallergic, Rhizome, Vice Motherboard, and SF MOMA’s Open Space. Her essay “Materiality to Machines: Manufacturing the Organic and Hypotheses for Future Imaginings,” was published in The Routledge Companion to Biology in Art and Architecture. She is a co-founder of REFRESH, a politically-engaged art and curatorial collective and serves as the Executive Director for the Processing Foundation.

One reply on “Aaron Nagel, Painter”

As a former figure model, I find myself stunned by the photographic realism exemplified in these pieces.

As a poet/creative individual who also works frequently responding both to the power/aesthetic of women and the social pressure/tradition of Catholicism, I have appreciation for the method he speaks of. Though he skimmed over the subject of stigmata -becoming violent when it is lifted from the crucifixion and placed on a woman, I’d like to sit there for a minute. Place a Pause.

I feel that the violence becomes charged and enhanced through his work. From the mind’s eye, I see a woman surviving the stigmata. Perhaps the violence is committed against the tradition (implying martyrdom and the active erasure female power). I look forward to seeing these pieces in-person (the pieces having personhood).

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