Assemblages of our Discarded Past: Aaron Moran

21 Jun

I have always been a lover of things past.  Some of my favorite places have been cities or towns that truly celebrate their history, even revel in it.  To walk into a building that has been repurposed and restored is such a delight.  But it seems that more often than not, older buildings and homes instead of being loved and revered are neglected and then torn apart to make way for the shiny and new.  The sculptural work of Aaron Moran uses pieces of found architectural wood to create works that are as complex and chaotic as our history.

Progress Sprawl, found wood, acrylic, graphite, house paint, varnish, 23x19x21

Each piece becomes a small monument to our collective history.  Just scraps might be affixed to repair a dying structure, so these scraps from buildings long gone are bound together physically in each work and spiritually in their shared destiny.

Low Base, found wood, metal, acrylic, house paint, graphite, 19x12x14

Instead of languishing at the bottom of a landfill, these relics become sculptural harbingers of what we hope may be our fate– to leave behind a little of ourselves, to know that our existence is remembered and celebrated.

Geom Ridge, found wood, acrylic, house paint, pencil, 11x8x9

To see more of Aaron Moran’s work, please visit his website.  My husband and I used two pews from the church where my grandparents were married for our outdoor wedding last year.  It meant so to have that continuity and share in the past as we began our future.  Is there a building from your past you wish you had a part of?

Featured image is Tier 2, found wood, acrylic, house paint, graphite and varnish, 10x13x14.  All images are via the artist’s website.

5 Responses to “Assemblages of our Discarded Past: Aaron Moran”

  1. Gracie Smith June 21, 2012 at 10:28 am #

    these are really cool… They remind me of a sharper version of the artist Selena Beaudry. Great blog, keep up the awesome features!

    • Lesley June 21, 2012 at 10:41 am #

      Glad you enjoyed them, Gracie and thanks for the mention of Selena’s work– love her stuff!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

  2. Jo Howe June 22, 2012 at 9:58 am #

    A little late seeing this post, but worth it… love them!

  3. Hannah S. June 23, 2012 at 7:07 am #

    Reblogged this on Design Introspective and commented:
    I love a good post that focuses on design, art and building – all the things I do every day! An excellent post by and awesome blogger – if you haven’t already, please check out Artsy Forager on wordpress!

    xo

    • Lesley June 23, 2012 at 7:22 am #

      Thanks so much, Hannah, for the reblogging and kind words!

      Cheers!
      Lesley

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