A Canadian artist that uses molding paste/gels and clothing..to create extreme tactile work.
By Aaron W. Lacey
Science Based Infused Art (PIP)
I’m a self-taught artist and I create vibrant work that is a cross between painting and relief sculpture.
My work distinguishes itself, not only by the vibrancy of its color and extreme texture but also its “touchable” quality.
I believe in providing a visual and a touch sensory journey. Generally, paintings are intended to be viewed on a wall, and that is the limitation of its impact on the viewers. As a matter of facts, you are forbidden to touch the work. I, on the other hand, encourage you to gently touch my work…to invoke a sensory experience.PIP = (Positive Imagery Projection)
Art is so much more than simply a pleasing visual experience. I believe the artist must encourage the viewer to “touch” the work. Nowadays, humans of all ages and walks of life are saturated with images all day long. A human brain can only sustain this bombardment of images for so long before the brain triggers a natural defense system of imagery block.Imagery block is when the image is not retained within the viewer’s memory. It is not retained for the simple reason that he or she has not had a real experience relating to this image.
A complete experience is not only when you are enjoying an art piece through your eyes. When you touch the art a special connection happens, it is now embedded within you.
Stimuli are electrically encoded by “touch receptors” which are pressure points in your hands.
Receptive Field (Pressure Points)
Receptive fields within the hands….gently touch my various original pieces of art. This information (image) travels through the visual cortex, then the training frequency, thus creating PIP (Positive Imagery Projection).
PIP gives me the opportunity to have my art retained within the hippocampus located in the brain. This memory of my art (image) is now long- term. It is indeed embedded, even infused in the brain.
I believe that my concept and approach to art will bring the experience of viewing painting and art to a level unexplored until now.
The following concept and theory was privately researched through information and data located within the Neurological Sciences Dept. at: The Physiology of the Senses
Transformations for Perception and Action
University of Western Ontario, Canada
“An artist’s born addiction is to create”
Some galleries have guards to make sure you don’t touch the art. Aaron Lacey encourages you to touch his art, as long as you do it gently.
The Hamilton artist creates large, vibrant works which are a cross between paintings and relief sculptures.
Like paintings, they are executed on canvas using acrylic paint and are meant to hang on walls. Like reliefs, the images are raised and so textural that they cry out to be touched. He uses molding paste to build up his shapes, sometimes adding stiff fabric to bulk things out.
Lacey’s highly tactile surfaces celebrate shape and colour. Some compositions are abstract, others are dominated by forms resembling flowers.
In Omnipotence, for instance, a huge gold and purple floral form takes up most of the space. Lines of various widths crowding on to one another emanate from a prominently raised center like the boss of a shield or a sun. The green edges diffuse into loosely curving forms. The result is an image infused with energy, as though it is bursting or exploding.
In another work, Lacey uses denim to bulk out the raised shapes. The denim looks like denim. In another work, though he plays with illusion. This monochrome grey canvas contains raised shapes made from molding gel which invoke melting steel.
-Regina Haggo, a former professor of art history at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.- April 2003 -PRESS RELEASE:-
Angela Di Bello, Agora Gallery New York City, NY—Feb 2008
Aaron W. Lacey creates remarkable artworks with a mixed media process that incorporates molding pastes, clothing and acrylic paint. While evoking consumer culture as in Pop Art and the untamed aesthetics of Abstract Expressionism, each piece has an individual character based upon the materials that he is working with. The petrified state of the fabrics appear nearly archaeological while its textures and folds create a visually dynamic force within the work. By varying his process Lacey is able to create a swath of fascinating effects, from bubbling metal to glistening flower petals. “My work is unique and rare because I have fused science, art and fashion,” he states. “All my work has texture for the purpose of touch.”
Lacey is a graduate of the former Canadian Forces School of Intelligence & Security (CFSIS), and in the absence of a formal artistic education he has certainly blazed an exceptional path.
His work is in production companies including such major companies as GUESS?, Bell Mobility and Labatt’s Brewery.
And most recently “Patriots” is in the collection of the PRO Football Hall of Fame Canton, Ohio.
ARTisSpectrum Magazine Spring 2008
-New York City-
Canadian artist Aaron W. Lacey’s refined sculptural paintings create a compelling sensory experience for viewers. Lacey invites viewers to feel his work, challenging the conventional hands-off mode art experience and engaging people in the textural vigor of his object-like paintings. Reclaiming the genre of relief sculpture that famously decorated early Greek and Roman architecture and then flourished again among Neoclassicist artists, Lacey takes a contemporary approach to relief work.
His use of relief transforms eclectic, pop-culture-inspired textures into voluptuous tactile landscapes.In addition to his interest in sensory experiences, Lacey explores the world of fashion. He does not make art about fashion as much
as he transforms fashion into densely composed two-dimensional art objects. In his work, brand name clothes become cultivated compositions that question fashion’s usually social position. Rather than hanging on a body or a storeroom rack, metallic jeans join together to become their own self-contained organism.
Lacey has no formal art training, but he began exploring the
world of images as a child, drawing constantly and visiting galleries and museums. Motivated to establish his own, unique creative voice, Lacey has made an active effort to integrate science, fashion and art, three realms that often overlap but rarely unite as fully as they do in his work. His desire to unite these three realms led him to this multi-media aesthetic in which highly composed paintings are simultaneously touchable objects and unconventional
encasements of clothing.His ability to lithely turn eclectic objects and images into something else entirely is what makes his work intriguing. In Lacey’s paintings, a demure, finely crafted relief is actually a tangle of pop culture references and mainstream clothing.
Art Critic : New York City September 2008
Written by: Maurice Taplinger
Another artist employing unusual materials is Aaron W. Lacey, who combines molding pastes, patterned cloth, and acrylic paints in mixed media works with seductive surfaces as tempting to touch as to view. Floral patterns are a dominant motif in the compositions of Lacey, who endeavors to “fuse science, art and fashion” and succeeds splendidly in creating compelling formal juxtapositions.Donation April 23rd 2009
Prince Harry 24×24 Acrylic & Mixed Media
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