Aaron Whitney Bjork

Dec 12th, 2017

Aaron Whitney Bjork

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Aaron Whitney Bjork is a multi-disciplinary artist based in the Pacific North West. His art evokes a visceral response that has been described as vulgar, playful and most importantly honest. He is currently a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California and Graduate Teaching Fellow at the University of Oregon where he is researching digital art in relation to new media.

How does technology affect your work?

Technology affords me the luxury of a quick iterative process, I typically over-produce works in order to see what decisions resonate best. As you can see, I use a computer to produce the majority of my work, even my analog work ends up on the computer eventually.

Why did you start taking photos?

I became interested in film cameras about 10 years ago mainly due to the quality of the color and grain that contrasted the digital imagery I was seeing at the time. The vintage cameras I was interested in were also beautiful which kept me shooting and collecting cameras.

What are you working on right now?

Just wrapped up some animated GIFs for a show put on by giphy.com and rhizome.org celebrating the 30th anniversary of the GIF. Currently in production on a video art piece for a show themed around the “Hourse”.

How do you get your practice out when it is stuck?

When I get stuck, I will first try to push through the stagnation. If that yields no results I usually set the project aside for a few days. Once the dust has settled on it, I’ll revisit it. Seeing the work with fresh eyes will usually help me understand if it needs more work or is complete.

How does social media affect your work?

The way social networking sites compress space and bring people together is really neat. Social media allows for very niche subcultures to emerge as artists push further away from the mainstream and find common ground with like minded creators.

What other forms of art inform your work?

Keston Sutherland’s poetry has had a big impact on how I interpret the world. Donald Barthelme, a postmodern writer known for his short stories, makes me laugh in a profound way.