Piece description from the artist
This series is an edited photo collage of images captured in Israel. The Roman ruins on the coast of Israel are mixed with images of graffiti written in English on the inside of the huge wall surrounding the West Bank calling out the "hypocrisy" of US financial support for Israel's militaristic state. It's not just the huge walls around Palestine, the several hundred feet of barbed wire surrounding these walls, or the Israeli teenagers armed with machine guns at the few entrances to Palestine. It's also most recently the Israeli action in Gaza that calls into question what exactly US tax dollars are supporting in Israel. This series seeks to point out the"wall beyond the wall" where the word "hypocrisy" and the US dollar sign have been spray painted.
Aaron Wilder is an interdisciplinary artist who mixes painting, collage, photography, graphic design, video, sound, writing, sculpture, and installation to blur boundaries between the analog and the digital, the public and the private, and the unassuming and the instigative. He uses his own experiences and sense of identity as a lens through which he explores the introspective and social processes of contemporary culture. Through an analytical deconstruction of these processes, his artistic approach is akin to that of an anthropologist, sociologist, and psychologist combined. Wilder’s concept-driven projects all incorporate his core belief that art can and should be used as a tool for generating critical thinking, dialogue, knowledge sharing, and understanding between individuals with divergent world perspectives.
Originally from Arizona, Aaron Wilder has also lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, DC, and France and currently resides in Chicago. Wilder has been creating art since 2002 and has shown at exhibitions in Arizona, California, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Washington, DC as well as Italy. Wilder received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2017 and has been featured in 25 solo exhibitions and 96 group exhibitions.