Freedom of The Press

“Freedom of the Press”, is a series of paintings that artist Aaron Axerod has produced 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 has 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”, “Osama bin Laden”), but also targets major television programs and the pundits that report and offer their own views about them as well (i.e. “Chris Matthews”, “Brian Williams”, “Fox News”, etc)

 

The paintings reflect not just the concepts around the subject matter, but by the mediums/materials in which they’re produced. For instance the traditional use of pastels, often thought to be a medium used to create soft, gentle and unassuming paintings are in this series, being used to make large, pieces of subversive and controversial subject matter. The light box paintings, offer the idea of painting with light, which gives the same aesthetic as a television in a room, discharging colorful light fractures which get reflected of the walls and floor of the room.

 

“Our newspapers, for the most part, present only the caricatures of disaffected minds. Indeed, the abuses of the freedom of the press here have been carried to a length never before known or borne by any civilized nation.”
–Thomas Jefferson, 1803

 

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  • Freedom of The Press

    Freedom of The Press

    “Freedom of the Press”, is a series of paintings that artist Aaron Axerod has produced 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 has 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”, “Osama bin Laden”), but also targets major television programs and the pundits that report and offer their own views about them as well (i.e. “Chris Matthews”, “Brian Williams”, “Fox News”, etc)

     

    The paintings reflect not just the concepts around the subject matter, but by the mediums/materials in which they’re produced. For instance the traditional use of pastels, often thought to be a medium used to create soft, gentle and unassuming paintings are in this series, being used to make large, pieces of subversive and controversial subject matter. The light box paintings, offer the idea of painting with light, which gives the same aesthetic as a television in a room, discharging colorful light fractures which get reflected of the walls and floor of the room.

     

    “Our newspapers, for the most part, present only the caricatures of disaffected minds. Indeed, the abuses of the freedom of the press here have been carried to a length never before known or borne by any civilized nation.”
    –Thomas Jefferson, 1803

     

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  • Melting Rainbows

    Melting Rainbows

    Using the full spectrum of colors from rainbows, this series allows a viewer to experience visual hallucinations of melting surroundings and color shifting, which normally only occurs with the introduction of hallucinogenic substances like LSD or magic mushrooms.. The experience starts at the artists studio, and then to a roof top party at the Standard Hotel in Los Angeles.. this piece is made specifically to be viewed at the Vortex Dome Theater..

     

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  • Pot, Sex, & Acid

    Pot, Sex, & Acid

    This series of paintings and mechanical paintings explore the process of making art while under the influence of Pot, Sex, and Acid.. while using the female form as the muse… the end. :)

  • Greatness Doesn’t Ask Permission

    Greatness Doesn’t Ask Permission

    “Greatness Doesn’t Ask Permission” , is a public art installation in the middle of Hollywood, CA.  With swarms of “artists”, a few with neon halos floating on their heads, crawling and hanging all over the building, beautifying the facade. And doing so in the face of an immediate threat of the LAPD Swat team, hanging on the lamp post in front of the building, taking aim at them with their sub machine guns.  The installation also uses green lasers, that produce a laser web that is “protecting” the entrance of the building.  This piece is meant to inspire those who have great ideas, and think big, but are hesitant to execute them, because of their fears of public ridicule, fine or imprisonment. Sometimes you gotta take one or two to the chin to make great things happen.

     

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  • Bad Reception: Scrambled Porn

    Bad Reception: Scrambled Porn

    “Bad Reception” presents the subject of scrambled pornographic analog television signals producing distorted on screen images on restricted adult channels. The viewer’s imagination conjures its own imagery in conjunction with lewd dialogue and suggestive music. Scrambling is enforced for the sake of minors, as audible soundtracks are meant to lure potential subscribers; implying that, when money is involved, personal ethics is readily pushed aside.

     

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  • 8bit

    8bit

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  • Distortions in Government

    Distortions in Government

    “Distortions in Government”, surveys iconic images of American government and news channels, such as The Declaration of Independence, the Capital Building, Arab Protests and the Fox News Channel. In these paintings, I have distorted each representation to reflect my perception of the fractures plaguing our government today. “Declaration”, for example, is a replica of the Declaration of Independence, with every word and signature present. The text was made illegible, with the exception of key phrases, which provide a semblance of authenticity. The hazy image depicts the idea that many Americans today seem ignorant of the document’s clear intent. Such a situation provides fertile ground for elected officials to mislead by both sensationalizing and understating the facts.

     

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