Aaron Krach for M. Legere
My work for M. Legere features objects of cultural heritage lost to human conflict. Some are famous, such as the buddhas and others are less known including small coral reliefs from the island nation of The Maldives. The destruction of art, architecture, and artifacts has been a recurring tragedy throughout history. How many millions of people passed through the Triumphal Arch of Palmyra, Syria over the past 1,800 years? How many thousands of people drove past the Gazelle Fountain in Tripoli, Libya, each day? The giant Buddhas of Bamiya, fashioned from stone and clay were the first of the 100+ foot tall statues that stood for over 2,000 years, only to be reduced to piles of rubble.
Each image is framed with swirls of blue spray paint, a contemporary motif in contrast to the older, mostly ancient objects.
Independent book artist, Aaron Krach lives and works in New York City. His work is research-based. "I am inspired by events and situations in the world, current events, history, and people. Little is as exciting as taking an idea and going forward and back with it; researching the history and imagining a new future."
Krach earned a B.A. in Visual Arts at the University of California, San Diego and received his MFA from Purchase College, New York. His work has been exhibited in New York, Olympia, Copenhagen, Sao Paulo, and Lake Ohrid, Macedonia. Krach also teaches at the Parsons School of Design in Manhattan.
"I like to say that I'm an Emotional Conceptualist. Everything I care about involves feelings - sometimes intensely happy, sometimes sad, and then there are all the good and bad and messy emotions in between. That's life. That's what I want my art to be about."