Interview: Marc Aronson
Luca Curci talks with Marc Aronson during CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2021 – 9TH EDITION and during VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2021 – 14TH EDITION, at Misericordia Archives.
“Rephrasing”. My paintings rely on the process of redoing an image, destroying and restoring, or the “rephrasing” of a painting. This rephrasing produces a work that is rife with references to the history of its own making. A comparison might be Rome. Like a palimpsest, Rome exhibits the nuances of the history of its making. Rome exposes its own references to its past history where ancient, Byzantine, and Renaissance Rome are still visible. What all this adds up to is not only the look of aging and the revelation of the making or history of the work but through the layers of paint, internal light is produced. It is this imagined light that is my memories of a particular place.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Marc Aronson – After years of traditional paint application with a brush in my abstract work, which I pursued for four decades, I decided to try different ways of applying and removing paint, e.g., sanding and scraping the painted surface. It suited me well in that I was attempting to create an abstract field, an internal light.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MA – I’m working on a body of work using the same processes to create an internal light within the surface, but now focusing on the landscape. I put pictorial elements of the landscape in the work which I had not pursued before.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
MA – I think of the artist as one who points out aspects of the visual world that may not otherwise be seen.
LC – Did your style change over the years? In which way?
MA – Yes, it has changed. The earliest works were very subdued, monochromatic fields. Later, I used large horsehair brooms to make emphatic marks, very large strokes over a large canvas of two or three meters. More recently – let’s say in the last fifteen or twenty years – I have focused on the subtle, internal light that I described above, the light of the land and the body.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
MA – I am expressing the emotions of one feeling an intimate connection to the land.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
MA – Having the work seen by an international audience in Venice is very gratifying, as I have spent many years working and studying in Venice, and this is a beautiful way to reconnect with the feeling of that unique place.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MA – These works are an abstract representation of the landscape, and the light of the landscape, of the places in the Pacific Northwest of the United States where I now reside, specifically Orcas island.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
MA – It’s wonderful. From what I can see, you have a beautiful venue in Venice. It appears that there is a great audience, and it’s an exciting system to give exposure to international artists.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MA – I loved it. I’m always enthusiastic to be in contact with those in the visual arts, especially a group like ITSLIQUID in Venice, one of my favorite cities.