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Blending painting and photography

July 27, 2014

By Anthony Capps, Ames Tribune, Iowa

July 27--Aaron Tinder's artwork at the ISU Memorial Union is a collage that combines painting and photography.

Tinder, who currently teaches art at Grand View University in Des Moines, said he wanted to create a visual experience with his current exhibition.

"I want them to be drawn in by the composition," he said. "They are strong, sometimes awkward compositions from a distance, but can be dissected up close. The imagery I use can be from my past, but there are some universal things in it -- bringing out feelings of nostalgia."

The work is influenced by Tinder's love of photography, which he does for his own enjoyment. He cuts photos up and begins to assemble them into something new.

"It's putting images together that weren't together and then reconciling it all," he said.

Tinder, an Simpson College alumnus who has been showing artwork for about 15 years, went to college intending to teach, but it wasn't until later on in his education that he decided to pursue teaching art.

He earned a master's degree from University of Illinois and has previous taught art to both elementary and high school students.

Tinder creates predominantly paintings and drawings, but doesn't believe he has a strong influence from any one artist or type of art. He calls his Memorial Union exhibition a "hybrid" of influences.

Aaron Tinder: Dissonance and Recall

When: Through Sep. 29

Where: Pioneer Room, ISU Memorial Union

The exhibition is free and open to the public.


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