The work of Aaron Parazette was first seen at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston in the iconic 1999 exhibition Abstract Painting Once Removed. Perspectives 141: Aaron Parazette is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition and focuses on a new body of work based on terms common in California surfer lingo. In his earlier work, the artist used appropriated geometric forms, clip art and wallpaper patterns as the basis for his iconic abstractions.
The exhibition revolves around the new paintings in which Parazette manipulates the order and scale of the letters in these words to create a new set of “borrowed” lines and shapes. He uses these as the basis for paintings concerned with the same formal issues with which he has always been involved–color, materiality, scale, and process. The catalogue contains an interview with the artist by Lynn M. Herbert and documentation on the artist’s career.