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 – Warholian.com from Warholian on Vimeo.

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Author: Dorothy R. Santos

Dorothy R. Santos (b. 1978) is a Filipina-American writer, editor, curator, and educator whose research interests include new media and digital art, activism, artificial intelligence, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of San Francisco, and received her Master’s degree in Visual and Critical Studies at the California College of the Arts. She serves as one of the editors-in-chief for Hyphen magazine. Her work appears in art21, Art Practical, Daily Serving, Rhizome, Hyperallergic, and SF MOMA's Open Space. She has lectured at the De Young museum, Stanford University, School of Visual Arts, and more. 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 (2016). She is currently a Yerba Buena Center for the Arts fellow researching the concept of citizenship. She also serves as executive staff for the Bay Area Society for Art & Activism and board member for the SOMArts Cultural Center.

1 thought on “Aaron Nagel, Painter”

  1. 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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