Untitled (wallride), 2013

Aaron Hegert does not view photography as a transparent tool, rather he considers the entire process of making a photographic image, including camera technology (its software and algorithms) to have sizable effects on the way a subject is interpreted. Instead of correcting these distortions, Hegert chooses to exaggerate them, calling attention to the way the photograph filters knowledge. For his series Transition, Aaron Hegert photographed an unauthorized skatepark built by local skaters in a deserted business plaza. Hegert was struck by the contrast of the plaza’s initial design and its secondary appropriation. Through a few minimal concrete additions and a complete reenvisioning, the skaters had transitioned a commercial ruin into a space of free expression. Inspired by this turn, Hegert developed these images as an experiment, blurring the lines between documentation and participation.

Aaron Hegert, b. 1982, lives and works in Texas. He is currently the Assistant Professor of Photography at Texas Tech University. His work has been exhibited and published widely with recent exhibitions at Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; Aperture Foundation in New York City; and University Art Gallery at the University of California, San Diego. He is a Fulbright Scholar and a founding member of Everything Is Collective.

Archival pigment print
Edition of 25

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