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Aaron R. Turner

Aaron Turner is a photographer and educator currently based in Arkansas. Aaron received his M.A. from Ohio University and an M.F.A from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. He was a 2018 Light Work Artists-in-Residence at Syracuse University, 2019 EnFoco Photography Fellow, a 2020 Visual Studies Workshop Project Space A-I-R, and a 2020 Artist 360 Mid-American Arts Alliance Grant Recipient.

Artist Statement

I Won’t Be Here explores the linear movement of light, desire, and time. Using various photographic techniques within alternative process methods, reflective material, in-camera and darkroom manipulation in the pursuit abstraction to create speculative narratives. This body of work is a non-representational response and visual analysis to objective and subjective ideas in photography as it relates to the individual lived experience of everyday life and internal contemplations.

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Release Date: June 11, 2021

"This image is a representation of the pursuit of light within my practice over the years. For a long time I waited patiently and responded to available light but in the studio setting I can create my own light or recreate available light. This is just one example of my use of reflective material experimentation to pursue specific qualities of light."

Enclose, 2021

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Release Date: February 4, 2022

"This image is in reference to a J Dilla track titled the greatest and my reflection on two drummers interpretations on that specific track. The two drummers are Karriem Riggins and Chris Dave. The orange hue yields from the scan of a lumen contact print which included non-representational visual elements from found video footage."

Untitled (the greatest), 2021