Aaron Glasson’s mural at Alameda Station titled, “Sustain the Future” was painted in late 2017. The imagery was based on concepts around what a sustainable and healthy future could look like. The mural features references to clean energy such as rail and bicycles as well as community gardens and flourishing wildlife. Glasson did in-depth research into the area and state before painting the work and which shows in the finished piece. There are local landmarks and flowers such as the Columbine, Colorado’s State flower. Also, some of the portraits of people in the mural are locals Glasson met while at work onsite. The figure on the far right of the mural worked in a coffee shop opposite the location, the woman on the far right depicted picnicking is also a local.
Aaron Glasson is a New Zealand born Artist now based in Southern California. His diverse portfolio consists of participatory installations, murals, paintings, illustration, sculpture and film.
Much of Glassons career as an artist has been devoted to exploring ideas around community, ecology and connectivity while aiding environmental/ social justice efforts. Over the past decade he has collaborated with organizations such as PangeaSeed, Sea Shepherd, Amplifier Foundation, the United Nations, StArt India Feeding America, as well as various schools and educational institutions. He is interested not only in the conceptual and technical aspects of art making but the practical applications in the real world.
After decades of figurative work, Glasson made the shift to abstraction and investigating more ecologically responsible ways of making art. This has forced him to resurface ancient ways of painting and building but also lead to experiments in creating new methods. Following an idea that the material guides in his ongoing series of abstract paintings and sculptures uses solely non-toxic, low impact materials such as reclaimed matter, organic cotton, hemp, and DIY paint made from found pigment.
As well as creating work in public spaces, Glasson has been exhibiting internationally in galleries and museums since 2009. Most recently in 2019, he was a part of a group show at the East Hawaii Museum of Contemporary Art titled, “Kindred Spirits.” In February 2021 he had his first U.S solo exhibition titled, “Honest Meditations” at Swish Projects. In 2022 he will have another solo exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art San Diego.
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