Aaron Wells is a practicing Artist based in London and a recent graduate of Fine Art at Chelsea College of Arts.
Following the success of his
degree show, Aaron was awarded the Acme Chelsea Studio Award 2014/15 as
part of the Acme Residency and Awards Programme, where he received a
studio for a year and funding. He was also the recipient of the
Exposure ’14 award inviting him to show an exhibition alongside two
other graduates from Chelsea, during Frieze Art Fair, at the Parasol
Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art. In 2015 Aaron was selected for the Bloomberg New Contemporaries.
Using collaged filmic material
from a diverse collection of found audio-visual footage, as well as
specific material recorded by the artist, Aaron Wells’ Films
interrogate what it is to exist in a place, whether that place be
physically real, digital or imagined.
These investigations are paired with an interest in the social and
cultural aspects of the disparate imagery that is manipulated on
screen, material taken from a range of sources: from virtual tour
videos and advertising, to intimate shots of sites with historical and
personal significance to the artist.
Often focusing on places or space where there are missing elements,
such as abandoned estates; Wells’ films deal with themes of allegory,
passivity and unfounded optimism, exploring problems attached to the
contemporary fantasy of ‘the good life,’ while simultaneously
critiquing the essential state of living within the present.