January 7, 2019, by Tina Plokarz
Tina Plokarz takes a trip down to WIlmington to view Aaron Eliah Terry’s current exhibit at The Delaware Contemporary. Terry, who is a current member of Vox Populi, (as is Tina), makes collages, prints and sound installations that explore the relationship between music, visual culture and political activism from the 1960s and 70s until today. Get down to The Delaware quick before "Syncopated Samizdat" closes on January 10.
Aaron Eliah Terry
September 21, 2018 - January 10, 2019
Opening Reception: Friday, October 5 | 5 - 9 PM during Art Loop
Artist Talk at 6PM
In a joint venture with the University of Delaware, The Delaware Contemporary is pleased to announce Syncopated Samizdat, a solo exhibition by Aaron Eliah Terry. Using traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques, Plexiglas and sound installation, Terry's work reveals the current rapid-fire media cycle, while reflecting on American political and cultural histories. Sourcing information from news media, album covers, and sound bites, Terry pulls elements that he uses repetitively aiding in the construction of new conversations to age-old questions about truth, human atrocities, and the potential for a better future.
Samizdat, the clandestine practice of copying and distributing banned literature used as a form of dissidence in formerly communist Eastern European countries, expresses Terry's thought for the need of "samizdat" in the United States under its current administration. Sharp lines collide with soft curves, and imagery is recognizable yet pixilated. Repeated patterns and shapes are combined with overlapping and unexpected sound elements to reintroduce current events to the viewer and expose bias and slant that is inevitably present in the media. These elements add layers to the work and reinforce the artist's attempt at grappling with finding "truth" in today's excessive media exposure. Throughout his work, the artist questions the existence of a singular truth and who determines it.
Aaron Eliah Terry received his Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, CA and later taught at SFAI as well as at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, CA. His work has been exhibited in Berlin, Buenos Aries, and Moscow, as well as throughout the United States and other international locations. After spending much of his life in the Bay Area, Terry recently relocated to Philadelphia to assume the position of Assistant Professor in the Printmaking Department at the University of Delaware. A musician and DJ, Terry plays with the band Gold Wood; he also works to organize music and art events in Latin America to foster a more creative dialogue between visual artists and musicians.
Coordinated by Kate Testa, University of Delaware Curatorial Fellow
Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space