We're excited to spotlight the first artist for our upcoming exhibition House Warming at Athen B. Gallery, Aubrey Learner. She will be displaying new work at the Opening Reception on June 13th alongside : Brett Flanigan - Caleb Hahne - Cannon Dill - Dan Hampe - David Bray - Eric Bailey - ESK - Ian Johnson - Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada - Katherine Rutter - Lauren Napolitano - Lauren YS - Martina Merlini - Meryl Pataky - Moneyless - Over Under - Rachel Mandala - Skewville - Spencer Keeton Cunningham - Troy Lovegates - Word To Mother - Zio Ziegler
Aubrey Learner's intricate watercolor, graphite and ink drawings are metaphors of desire and disgust-- the disparate longings for both purity and sexual prowess, and the concurrent disgust with perversion and decay. Juxtaposing contemporary fascinations with sexuality against the various vulgarities associated with reproduction, she explores the imposition of societal mores, the coercive pressures of pornography to make oneself more desireable, and the eventual decay of the body and dissolution of sexual allure. Hoards of insects and animals associated with "the unclean" stand for an infestation of anxiety, as well as a state of impending entropy, as they simultaneously form and unravel the figure.
Learner holds a BS in Biology and Fine Art from the University of Akron and an MFA from San Francisco Art Institute. She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in New York, San Francisco, and Ohio.
Follow Aubrey on Instagram: @aubreylearner