AARON ZIMMERMAN

GBTR at GRIDSPACE

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I’m please to announce that I will be having a solo show at GRIDSPACE in Brooklyn, NY. The opening will be Friday February 13th, 2015 from 7-10 pm. Please come by!

Here’s a link to the Facebook Event Page.

GRIDSPACE is located at 112 Rogers Ave, Brooklyn, New York 11216.

I will be showing a selection of paintings and drawings from my ongoing body of work called Grotesque Banalities and Trite Repulsions (GBTR for short). For this exhibition a special emphasis will be placed on works related to music and heavy metal culture. A selection of my vast collection of heavy metal t-shirts will be displayed. And signed copies of my recently published book GBTR will be available.

The cult classic film “Devil’s Rain” which focuses on the exploits of an immortal coven of satanists hiding out in the desert southwest starring William Shatner, Ernest Borgnine and Tom Skeritt will be shown after the opening.



“Grotesque Banalities and Trite Repulsions” now on Blurb.com.

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I’m extremely excited to announce, at long last, that my first book “Grotesque Banalities and Trite Repulsions” is now available for sale on Blurb.com. A full preview with more information on how to purchase it can be found here.

Here’s what I wrote about it on the back cover:

“Grotesque Banalities and Trite Repulsions (or GBTR for short) is what I call the body of paintings and drawings I started work on in 2005. This book documents each of those works. It also provides a definitive practical and conceptual resource for GBTR through an interview and several illustrated essays. My desire was to sketch out as much of the notional warp and woof that the effort abides by as is possible, much like a college thesis paper. But because this is really about the pictures, I’ve allowed them to dominate including extreme details beside each full reproduction. That way, what isn’t explained in the text can be left up to the inexplicable poetry of what the work does when it finds itself in the silent space behind your optic nerves. I hope you’ll grant this effort safe passage into that expanse despite it’s grotesque banality and trite repulsiveness.”



“Into the Vortex” at Lesley Heller Workspace

Empire (Autumn)

I’m pleased to announce my piece ‘Empire’ (oil on linen, 24 x 36 inches, 2010.) will be part of “Into the Vortex” a group show curated by John Jacobsmeyer at Lesley Heller Workspace.

Other artists whose work will be in the show include:
Oliver Warden,
Jean-Pierre Roy,
Graham Day Guerra,
Tom Bogaert,
Joseph Ventura,
Doug Young, and
Megan Burns.

It opens September 8th, 2013 and will be on view until October 13th, 2013.
For more information please click here.



“Hello Nasty” at Cindy Rucker Gallery

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I’m pleased to announce my piece “Itching ID” will be included in the group show “Hello Nasty” curated by Chris Bors at Cindy Rucker Gallery.
Also included in the show will be work by:
Paul Brainard,
Dawn Frasch,
Aaron Johnson,
Hein Koh, and
Tom Sanford.

It opens Thursday July 11th, 2013 and runs until August 9th, 2013.
Click here for images of the show.



Tom Sanford’s “100 Little Deaths” at Bravin Lee Programs

I’m pleased to announce that my painting of recently deceased banjo legend Earl Scruggs will be exhibited in Bravin Lee Program’s project space in conjunction with Tom Sanford’s “100 Little Deaths” show.

Here’s the press release for the show.

Other artists participating in the project room group show include:
Graham Preston,
Jessica Ellis,
Shay Kun,
Rudy Shepherd,
Les Rogers,
Jonathan Allen,
Dan Heidkamp,
Kelli Williams,
Joe Heaps Nelson,
Chris Bors,
Noah Becker,
Eric White,
Nic Rad,
Daniel Davidson,
Taylor McKimens,
Kristen Schiele,
Ryan Schneider,
Aaron Johnson,
Michael Hilsman,
Sydney Chastain-Chapman,
Michael Scoggins,
Robin Williams,
Josh Jordan,
Ridley Howard,
Holly Coulis,
Natalie Frank,
Paul Brainard,
Jeremy Willis,
Jeff Beebe,
Michael Anderson,
Guy Richards Smit,
Michael Bevilacqua,
Francesca Neiman,
Alfred Steiner,
Eric Doeringer,
Peter Daverington,
Thomas Broadbent,
Dawn Frasch,
Nina Chanel Abney,
Kevin Klein,
Erin McNalley
and Aaron Zimmerman.

It opens New Year’s Eve and will be on view until February 9th, 2013.

Please stop by and check it out if you are around NYC.



Seven Miami

I’m pleased to announce that my paintings “Sharks” and “Hard On, Ohio” will both be making appearances at SEVEN in Miami this year courtesy of BravinLee Programs and PPOW Gallery.

If you are in Miami from December 4th-9th checking out the art fairs please stop by and give them a closer look.

For more information about SEVEN Miami and to see images of how the fair looked please go here.



Spacegrass at Bloom Projects

I’m pleased to announce that I will be showing paintings along with some artists I really love and respect in a group show titled Spacegrass. It opens September 8th, 2012. Please join us for the reception if you’re in NYC.

“Mojo (after John Jacobsmeyer)” 30″ x 30″ oil on canvas, 2011.

Spacegrass, curated by Chris Bors

Michael Bevilacqua
Chris Bors
David Humphrey
Ketta Ioannidou
Todd James
Allison Schulnik
Jeremiah Teipen
Aaron Zimmerman

Bloom Projects
95 East 7th Street, downstairs (bet 1st Ave and Ave A)
New York, NY 10009
Tel 917-860-9869

September 8 – October 14
Opening reception: Saturday, September 8, 7 – 9 PM

Gallery hours: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 12 – 6 PM

Subway: F train to Lower East Side/2 Avenue
6 train to Astor Place
N, R to 8th Street


“Hey kid, are you going my way?
Hop in, we’ll have ourselves a field day.
We’ll find us some spacegrass,
Lay low, watch the universe expand.”

-Clutch, “Spacegrass”

A broken 8-track KISS tape falling through outer space suddenly becomes stuck between a chocolate bar and a jar of peanut butter, landing on an alternate earth resulting in an iPod mix part 60s psychedelia, 70s hard rock, 80s punk and 90s nihilism, leaving out the 2000s status updates. While listening to said mix from the rear door of their parent’s green Oldsmobile station wagon, a small group of friends light a Cheech & Chong-style spliff, causing the planets to align and an interstellar wave of hunger, prompting the universe to inquire, “Where’s the beef?” While nursing their joystick blisters and eating Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch, each teen dreams up their own idea of what utopia looks like.

These visions were frozen in a time capsule on Gallifrey, only to be unearthed when the time and relative dimension in space felt right. Opened in 2012, the images resembled paintings like Michael Bevilacqua’s layered chrome and black attack, Chris Bors’s post-pop pseudo-propaganda, David Humphrey’s surreal suburban wet dreams, Ketta Ioannidou’s chaotic spiraling vegetation, Todd James’s bright cartoons from our Id, Allison Schulnik’s luscious thick impasto, Aaron Zimmerman’s intricate fever dreams and Jeremiah Teipen’s psychedelic sexual video. Now why don’t you get me a Pepsi before Fat Freddy’s Cat eats our stash?

For more info please check out the Facebook event page here.



Against The Grain at Mark Moore Gallery

I’m pleased to announce that I will have a piece in the Against the Grain one night charity auction being held at Mark Moore Gallery the evening of August 25th, 2012 in Los Angeles, CA.

For more information on the event click here and to view previews of some of the work included in the event click here.



Charlatan Ink Art Prize

I am extraordinarily pleased to announce that my piece “Love and War” was chosen to be one of 36 finalists for the Charlatan Ink Art Prize.

An exhibition of all the finalist’s work was held from September 29th to October 15th, 2011 at The Carlton Arms Hotel on East 25th St. in Manhattan.

The final winner received $25,000. It was not me but thank you for your continued support.

For more information on The Charlatan Ink Art Prize and to look at the other finalists and the winner go here.



Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters

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My pieces “Empire” and “Propaganda” were published in the Spring 2010 issue of Faultline Journal of Arts and Letters.

Faultline is UCI’s Pushcart Prize-winning journal of new poetry, fiction, translations, and artwork, and features the work of emerging and established writers and artists from the U.S. and abroad. It is put together by The University of California, Irvine’s MFA Creative Writing Department.

Thanks to Editor in Chief Elizabeth Wyatt for selecting my work for publication.

To order a copy or to subscribe to Faultline please go here. Or email the UC Irvine Bookstore at bstore@uci.edu .

A view of the inside showing “Empire”