Curated by Jody Zellen
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AGATHA is my first interior wall painting since my lobby installation at the UCLA Hammer Museum in 2002, and fulfills an intention to do a blue on gold work that was hatched while I was working on the silver walls of that show. Color is a sort of hidden engine in my work, which is more overtly about line, specifically the vocabulary of rendering techniques developed by working class superhero cartoonists in the mid-twentieth century. The king of these was Jack Kirby, and this piece is named after a minor character of his, a witch named Agatha Harkness.
Aaron Noble was born in Portland, Oregon in 1961. He attended two semesters at the San Francisco Art Institute in 1981-82 where his instructors included Howard Fried and Kathy Acker. As a performance artist he toured East Germany and Czechoslovakia in the post-revolutionary summer of 1990, the Netherlands in '94, and was awarded an individual artist's fellowship from the California Arts Council in 1992. In 1991 he co-founded (with Rigo 91 and others) the Clarion Alley Mural Project, which he directed from 1997 to 2001. He began to focus on painting murals himself in 1996, producing several collaborations with children and several satirical narrative works. In 2000 he began a series of comic book and graffiti influenced wall paintings, sometimes in collaborations with Andrew Schoultz. He moved to Los Angeles in 2001 and had his first solo painting show as a project of the UCLA Hammer Museum in 2002.
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