Aaron McElroy (b. 1978, Daytona, FL) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He started with photography in 2005. Shortly after he was accepted at the New England School of Photography, graduating in 2007. He most recently had solo shows at Horton Gallery NY, NY., and at Ampersand Gallery, Portland,
OR. Today we feature, After Awake, his recent publication collaboration with Ampersand Gallery and Fine Books. Pick up a copy while you still can!
Edition of 100. 6 x 8 in. Perfect bound soft cover, Gilt foil stamped cover, 94 pages, 44 color photographs.
After Wake is a collection of visual fragments & anonymous female subjects from the artist’s daily life. Separated from the minutia of McElroy’s lived reality, however, the photographs also allow for an endless drift of fictitious suggestion & voyeurism. After Wake can be a half-alert morning recollection of disjointed dreams. Or it’s a catalog of contradictory eyewitness accounts. It may also be something like the outtakes from a B movie chronicling pleasure, grotesque beauty, infidelity, addiction, abuse & redemption. In short, After Wake is a collection of provoking photographs by McElory that eschews concept & meaning in favor of imagination & a stream of inchoate ideas.
Aaron’s work was part of group exhibitions at FOAM Photography Museum, Amsterdam, NL, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY, Chelsea Art Museum, NY, NY., and Noorderlicht gallery Groningen, NL, among others. In 2013, two monographs were published: “Aaron McElroy: SPBN”, with Self Publish Be Happy, and “After Wake”, with Ampersand Gallery. As part of the collective AM projects, he was included in Nocturnes, a limited edition six person box set, designed and published by dienacht Publishing. Nocturnes was selected for “The books we loved” in 2012 by Time Magazine, and was part of the exhibit ICP Triennial, International Center for Photography, NY, NY. Most recently he featured in the book Nudity Today: edited by Jesse Pearson and published by Picture Box.
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To view more of Aaron’s work, please visit his website.