Aaron Spangler is a sculptor and printmaker who lives and works in rural Minnesota. Spangler’s sculptures typically consist of carved solid blocks of basswood that are finished with coats of black gesso and graphite. He also makes frottage works by rubbing graphite onto pieces of paper transferring the impression of his carvings. Spangler’s update of the rural craft of wood-carving has been described as the epitome of contemporary American art and he has been featured in surveys of American art across the world. —Courtesy of The Watermill Center
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About Aaron Spangler
Aaron Spangler reimagines the traditional medium and technique of woodcarving with a contemporary eye. Starting with solid blocks of basswood, Spangler carves detailed scenes and motifs into large, figurative bas-reliefs and freestanding sculptures, which he then covers in black graphite and gesso. The monochromatic surface provides an impartial yet inscrutable base from which to interpret the meaning of his enigmatic, often surrealistic scenes and figures, which often grapple with issues such as the strife and remnants of war and imperialism.
American, b. 1971, Minneapolis, Minnesota, based in Brooklyn, New York