"In the Snuggery of Airs and Graces"


new works by
Aaron Smith

Reception: Saturday, November 21st, 7 to 11pm
Exhibition: November 22, 2015 through January 3, 2016
Location: Gregorio Escalante Gallery, 978 Chung King Rd, LA, CA 90012
Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 1 to 6pm
Closed for Holidays: November 25 & 26, December 24, 25 & 31, January 1

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Sloan Fine Art is pleased to present, at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery in Chinatown Los Angeles, “In the Snuggery of Airs and Graces,” new works by Aaron Smith

The Victorian/Edwardian eras have long fascinated artist Aaron Smith. For years he has collected vintage photographs of men of the period. To him, these men represent a masculine ideal, if largely a constructed one. Their bearded faces and distinguished attire are spectacular, while their stiff poses and serious expressions belie an existential vulnerability. In each of Smith’s impasto portraits, woozy colors and aggressive surfaces act as a foil to the sitter's stoic pose, reflecting a giddy ambivalence to nostalgia. This work has found support from a wide range of collectors including a convergence of interrelated subcultures - Neo-Dandyism, Bear Culture, and Beard and Mustache Enthusiasts - with whom Smith shares a desire to revel in the exaggeration of masculinity’s archetypes, mining past forms of male identity in an attempt to free them of any heteronormative constraints.

Aaron Smith attended Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, where he is now an associate chair. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions in galleries in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York and in group shows at galleries and museums nationwide including Laguna Art Museum, Frye Art Museum and Museum of South Texas. He was the first artist in residence at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Smith currently resides in Silver Lake, California with his husband Tom and their dogs Flora, Miles and El Capitan.

After four years on the Lower East Side of New York, Sloan Fine Art founder/director Alix Sloan closed the physical space in late 2011 to pursue the less constrictive approach of a nomadic gallery. Over the past four years the gallery has participated in art fairs and mounted solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans and Miami. For more information about Sloan Fine Art, Aaron Smith and “In the Snuggery of Airs and Graces,” contact Alix Sloan at alix (at) sloanfineart.com.

The Gregorio Escalante Gallery, which opened in September 2015, is committed to showcasing a wide range of innovative artists from the US and beyond who share the common thread of a deep connection to what makes the current art landscape an intelligent, vibrant and inspirational scene. Sloan Fine Art is thrilled to collaborate with Gregorio Escalante Gallery on “In the Snuggery of Airs and Graces." 

Image: "Cocker," 2015, oil on panel, 24 x 18 inches (available as a signed and numbered, limited edition print. Click here for more information).