Aaron Scott Griffin is an Artist and printmaker working across a variety of traditional and contemporary mediums. Graduating from Norwich University of the Arts in 2015 Griffin was shortlisted for both the prestigious DBACE awards and the Museums at night graduate program - he has exhibited in the UK as well as Europe and Asia.
My individual practice is primarily based in print, but incorporates spoken word/performance, installation and sculpture. Throughout my work romantic gestures give way to notions of value. The visualisation of the romantic ideal, the empty gesture and the broken promise articulate a shared dislocation and a collective culpability. These competing sentiments are often explored through “cycles of repetitive labour”. In 2016 I undertook a week-long residency – “All these little engines” (The Barbershop Art Space, Norwich, 2016) was an exploration of the mechanical processes that underpin my practice. The performative processes developed over the course of the week were designed to test the stringency of rudimentary approaches to making while allowing me a concise space to disassemble and reconstitute the parameters of my practice. Works such as “The Bride, Her Groom and Her Lover” (Acrylic and brick dust on canvas), “Oh, but darling” (Billboard installation utilising cheap copy paper), “My New-Found Appetite for Failure” (reams of shredded transcript, displayed in non-descript cardboard container) and the spoken word piece “Letters from other places” represent a concise body of work – each echoing and referencing one another. The Mechanical processes inherent in much of my output situate the work within a post-industrial dialogue, but my intention was to test the theory that intervention would give rise to questions of individual culpability.
Previous works have attempted to hide the Artists hand entirely. In 2015 I began a series of large scale “billboard” installations. Beginning with “Once I’d wanted to be the greatest”, “Come Closer”, “This silence is deafening”, “A safe place to call home” and “Turn out the bright light”- the series culminated with my degree show piece “You have no currency to trade” which consisted of over 90 separate hand printed panels. These self-contained narratives were designed to dominate their space and confront the viewer directly. Mixed media installations - “The bed we made to lie in” (The Castle Mall, Norwich, 2014), “Kneeling at the foot of pagan Alters” (Acetate, Wooden frame and black sand, Anteros Arts, 2016) and “The Rest is Silence” (Mono print and vinyl text, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Galleries, 2017) share many similarities while attempting to touch upon more complex issues centred on a phenomenological exploration of space. Terms such as “place” and “space” have an inherent fluidity - both seemingly definitive and yet entirely subjective. It might be argued that they sit uncomfortably close to “here” and “there”, offering little insight into geographical location – rather becoming disjointed and inherently unknowable. This internalised logic renders simplistic value judgments obsolete and shifts the works focus away from representation and toward more conceptual imperatives such as function and relative value.
CV & Education
Since graduating in 2015 from Norwich University of the Arts I have developed a number of projects under my own Artist led Fine Arts platform. The inagural exhibition "We Came Here to Conquer" opened at the Norwich Arts Centre in 2014 and I have since developed projects and collaborations with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Galleries, Print to the People and The Dyad Collective.
While my individual practice is primarily based in Print it also incorporates, Spoken Word/performance, writing and installation.
Graduated from Norwich University of the Arts, 2015 with a BA (Hons) 2:1
Exhibitions (Curatorial lead/participating Artist)
WCHTC inaugural group show, Norwich Arts Centre, 2014
Bringing together prominent Artists and printmakers including Adam Bridgland, Carl Rowe and Tazelaar Stevenson.
WCHTC 2K16, St.Margarets Church of Art, Norwich, 2016
Group exhibition featuring more than 20 Artists including collectives Brothers of the Stripe, Off the Press, Print to the People and individual Artists Carl Rowe, Tazelaar Stevenson and Micheal James Lewis.
The Great Anxiety of Our Times, Anteros Arts Foundation, Norwich, 2017
WCHTC core show - featuring emerging practitioners making new works in response to the themes space/place and gender.
(Project lead Aaron Scott Griffin, Curatorial lead Harriet Loffler) We Came Here to Conquer, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Galleries, Norwich, Sept ’17
Eleven contemporary Artists and printmakers will be developing new works in response to the Castles extensive print Archive. Featuring Adam Bridgland, Flora Parrot, Matthew Bennington and Reece Jones as well as emerging practitioners Aaron Scott Griffin, Charlie Barkus, Gabby Walker, Alec Game, Sophie Purchase and Jade Jamean Lees.
Exhibitions (participating Artist)
TakeAway Art, The Barbershop Art Space, Norwich, 2016
The Forum's inaugural group exhibition, Norwich, 2016
NUA Grad show, Norwich, 2015
The Bishop's Art Prize, Norwich, 2015
International print portfolio - Invited Artist - Ballot, 2017
International print portfolio - East/West, 2015
International print portfolio - Print and Print Values, 2013
Other relevant experience.
Artist led Print Workshop (lead technician), Makers Month, The Forum, 2016
Graduate Lecture Series (invited Artist), Norwich University of the Arts, 2016
Artist led Print Workshop, Norwich Castle, Nov '17
Artist led Gallery tour, Norwich Castle, Dec '17
Artist led Print Workshop, Norwich Castle, Dec '17