Mermaid Vomit. A photographic series depicting the vomit of mermaids.
Freedom of the Press. A unique series of paintings that Axelrod has created to explore the current state of the press and more in depth, TV media. Almost all major media outlets are owned and operated by large corporate conglomerates which have their own set of personal and political agendas, which by definition, obscure and under represent the facts, all of which deceives and misleads the public.
Using techniques to create the aesthetics of “bad” TV signals, the paintings which Axelrod have created, become metaphors for the unclear and altered information in the contemporary media.
“Freedom of the Press” not only depicts specific individuals and current events (i.e. “crisis in darfur”, “swine- flu”, “al-qaeda”), but also targets major television programs and the pundits that reports and offer their own views about them as well (i.e. “chris williams”, “brian williams”, “Fox News”).
Crystal Pixels. A collaboration between Axelrod and Swarovski made with over 700,000 multi colored swarovski crystals. It depicts a bad reception television signal, each crystal represents a single television pixel
Artist Studio Floors. A series of excavated artist used studio floors. All were made as the remnants of painting during the process of producing artworks.
Dimethyltriptamine is a sub-catagory of Melting Rainbows. Melting Rainbows is multi-faceted art project conceived by visual artist Aaron Axelrod. It is part performance art, part video art, and part photography. Created out of the vacuum in the artists practice to not only create in the solitude and loneliness of a studio setting, but to feed off of energy of a crowd. The other component is that with all other works that get created, it is the final result that gets all the attention and acknowledgement, Melting Rainbows is the complete opposite, it is all about the process, there is no ending, it is always different and for ever changing.
Melting Rainbows is at heart a work that’s about the journey not the destination. As a performance piece Axelrod created the “Rainbow Melter”, a contraption that he pours paint and smears his face onto, to music, and in real time is projected onto a dome theater or planetarium. The result is a multi colored melting rainbow shower that is all consuming on the audience, like a live Northern Lights experience made of paint. The photographic work comes from specific stills during a performance.
String Theory. A series of mixed media abstract paintings with neon light accents. These are experiments in color, composition and light. String Theory, an idea propagated in theoretical and particle physics, and is said to be a candidate for the “theory of everything”. In short, “strings” similar too and a lot smaller than “atoms” are what is thought to be the building blocks of all matter and gravity in the known universe. This idea has inspired Axelrod’s current body of work, with neon light representing the “strings” and the underlying paintings depicting the visual abstractions of gravity and all matter at the most foundational levels, depicted by Axelrod as slushy, oozing, melting puddles of everything.
Ectoplasm. A photographic series made from multi colored paint and ink splatters and puddles that create different imagery, including “The Simpsons”.
Using patented technology, camera motion and patience, the photos that are captured are one in a thousand taken in a series.