We're sad to see Catherine Freshley's amazing landscapes leave our space, but it's very exciting to have our good friend Aaron Morvan bring in his art.
Years ago, Aaron and I worked together. He left that job to pursue his own career in art and design, starting Hang On Design, doing some freelance design work, and using his skills and connections to find great local artists to pair with local businesses (like Clarity). He's the man responsible for curating all of the art we've featured!
The collection he has at Clarity is made up of two different series. Aaron explains, "The first one I’ve been working on for a while: they’re darker and feature amorphous shapes which aren’t meant to represent anything. The second series is a bit lighter in tone and depicts abstract faces. It’s been a while since I’ve worked with such literal subject matter—so that was different for me. I hadn’t planned to originally. When working on Blank Face I noticed that the pieces harmonize pretty well together. It’s almost like they’re two sides to the same coin, like the faces seem to warm up the shapes and the shapes cool down the faces."
In stark contrast to the open blue skies from Freshley's work, Aaron's pieces consist of darker colors and more earth tones. "I think it makes for a more interesting viewing experience. The new series was heavily inspired by older pottery design, especially the terra cotta and basalt colors."
We're excited to have worked with Aaron these past two years and honored to have his art here. He leaves you with one last thought:
"Just enjoy! I understand how people may be confused by weird shapes and blank faces, but just try to take it in. Don’t worry about figuring them out. I’m a huge fan of enjoying things for exactly what they are. No need to complicate things."