Aaron Eliah Terry
September 21, 2018 – January 10, 2019
Constance S. & Robert J. Hennessy Project Space
First 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.