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AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS

November 12, 2022 –January 14, 2023

AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS

AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

November 12, 2022 –January 14, 2023

AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Point Dume, 2022

acrylic on linen

24 x 24 inches

McClain Gallery is delighted to announce Stray Cats with Kittens, a solo exhibition of Aaron Parazette’s new paintings alongside a range of works from early on in the artist’s career. The show explores Parazette’s long interest in abstraction, and like any artist's stray thoughts, the progeny lives in the same neighborhood, wanders at will, howls in the night, and sometimes produces offspring. Works on panel and plaster from the 1990s draw a continuous conceptual line through the artist's formal approach to painting; several new shaped canvas pieces and the debut of a new series utilizing online image generator technology round out the group. 


The earliest works, a series of small paintings from 1991–92, proposed that the “touch” of the artist’s hand was the critical element in resonant art. Their compositional structures draw from the vocabulary of contemporary abstract painting and common household patterns, with titles like Shower Curtain and Bathroom Floor. Pure Beauty, a series of cast plaster rectangles emblazoned with small logo decals from AmEx to Nike, is intended to suggest and capitalize on the power of corporate sponsorship. The imperfect material and wear emphasize the soft edges of age, like artifacts from an industrial past. This early use of text cues the later word paintings, which consumed much of Parazette’s studio practice in the early 2000s–2010s, and the examples in this show provide a synergistic beginning and end to the exhibition: So Soon?

AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Empty Abstraction 1, 1991, oil on wood, panel: 10 x 10 inches, frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

Kelly Target 2, 2022

acrylic on linen

19 x 22 inches

Several shaped paintings investigate the potency and effect of the non-rectangular painting support. Parazette began this series in 2009, intending to use “visually insistent supports,” which he would then paint with “complementary and equally insistent compositions.” The new paintings utilizing the Target logo (yes, that Target) echo the earlier Pure Beauty series as they combine the purity of carefully tuned reductive abstraction (loosely based on Ellsworth Kelly’s works) with instantly recognizable branding. Black Beauty and its precursor, Huff, are emblematic of Parazette's other long-standing investment in surf culture. The subtle reference to a “magic” surfboard emerges through color blocking, fine lines, as well as inertia suggested by the directional shaped support.

 

Parazette has also recently started using Midjourney. Having been introduced to the online image generator by a fellow artist, he quickly recognized its potential to provide creative yeast for his studio practice. Parazette prompts the program using simple art and pop culture terms; the resulting images become “starters” for this series of paintings. The works that have emerged from this process have the force one would expect from Parazette joining his attention and craft to the new world of Artificial Intelligence. They are an abstract painter’s statement for our moment in time: digitally infused and physically essential.

 

AARON PARAZETTE | STRAY CATS with KITTENS -  - Viewing Room - McClain Gallery Viewing Room

The Nearest Faraway Place, 2022, acrylic on canvas, 46 x 40 inches

WORKS IN EXHIBITION

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Aaron Parazette  So, 2022 acrylic on linen 45 x 35 inches

Aaron Parazette

So, 2022

acrylic on linen

45 x 35 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Point Dume, 2022 acrylic on linen 24 x 24 inches

Aaron Parazette

Point Dume, 2022

acrylic on linen

24 x 24 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Black Beauty, 2021 acrylic on canvas 36 x 91 inches

Aaron Parazette

Black Beauty, 2021

acrylic on canvas

36 x 91 inches

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Aaron Parazette  After the Last Sky, 2022 acrylic on canvas 78 x 72 inches (AP-227)

Aaron Parazette

After the Last Sky, 2022

acrylic on canvas

78 x 72 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Magic Sam, 2022 acrylic on canvas 72 x 60 inches

Aaron Parazette

Magic Sam, 2022

acrylic on canvas

72 x 60 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Bathroom Floor, 1992 oil on wood panel: 18 x 18 inches frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Bathroom Floor, 1992

oil on wood

panel: 18 x 18 inches

frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Shower Curtain, 1992 oil on wood panel: 18 x 18 inches frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Shower Curtain, 1992

oil on wood

panel: 18 x 18 inches

frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

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Aaron Parazette  The Nearest Faraway Place, 2022 acrylic on canvas 46 x 40 inches

Aaron Parazette

The Nearest Faraway Place, 2022

acrylic on canvas

46 x 40 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 7, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 7, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 1, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 1, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 6, 1991  oil on wood  panel: 10 x 10 inches  frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 6, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 2, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 2, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

 

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Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 5, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 5, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Kelly Fendi, 2022 acrylic on canvas 40 x 40 inches

Aaron Parazette

Kelly Fendi, 2022

acrylic on canvas

40 x 40 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Huff, 2016 acrylic on linen 24 x 11 inches

Aaron Parazette

Huff, 2016

acrylic on linen

24 x 11 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Plaster Pure Beauty (Five Works: AmEx, Canon, Lipton, Nike, VW), 1991  plaster with decal  4 works: 10 x 9 inches each; 1 work: 8 x 8 inches

Aaron Parazette

Plaster Pure Beauty (Five Works: AmEx, Canon, Lipton, Nike, VW), 1991

plaster with decal

3 works: 10 x 8 inches each; 1 work: 9 x 8 inches; 1 work: 8 x 8 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Kelly Target 2, 2022 acrylic on linen 19 x 22 inches

Aaron Parazette

Kelly Target 2, 2022

acrylic on linen

19 x 22 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Kelly Target 1, 2022 acrylic on linen 55 x 41 inches

Aaron Parazette

Kelly Target 1, 2022

acrylic on linen

55 x 41 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Come Again Shining Glance, 2022 acrylic on canvas 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Aaron Parazette

Come Again Shining Glance, 2022

acrylic on canvas

22 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

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Aaron Parazette  Soon, 2022 acrylic on canvas 84 x 72 inches

Aaron Parazette

Soon, 2022

acrylic on canvas

84 x 72 inches

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Aaron Parazette  So, 2022 acrylic on linen 45 x 35 inches

Aaron Parazette

So, 2022

acrylic on linen

45 x 35 inches

Aaron Parazette  Point Dume, 2022 acrylic on linen 24 x 24 inches

Aaron Parazette

Point Dume, 2022

acrylic on linen

24 x 24 inches

Aaron Parazette  Black Beauty, 2021 acrylic on canvas 36 x 91 inches

Aaron Parazette

Black Beauty, 2021

acrylic on canvas

36 x 91 inches

Aaron Parazette  After the Last Sky, 2022 acrylic on canvas 78 x 72 inches (AP-227)

Aaron Parazette

After the Last Sky, 2022

acrylic on canvas

78 x 72 inches

Aaron Parazette  Magic Sam, 2022 acrylic on canvas 72 x 60 inches

Aaron Parazette

Magic Sam, 2022

acrylic on canvas

72 x 60 inches

Aaron Parazette  Bathroom Floor, 1992 oil on wood panel: 18 x 18 inches frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Bathroom Floor, 1992

oil on wood

panel: 18 x 18 inches

frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette  Shower Curtain, 1992 oil on wood panel: 18 x 18 inches frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Shower Curtain, 1992

oil on wood

panel: 18 x 18 inches

frame: 20 1/4 x 20 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette  The Nearest Faraway Place, 2022 acrylic on canvas 46 x 40 inches

Aaron Parazette

The Nearest Faraway Place, 2022

acrylic on canvas

46 x 40 inches

Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 7, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 7, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 1, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 1, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 6, 1991  oil on wood  panel: 10 x 10 inches  frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 6, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 2, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 2, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

 

Aaron Parazette  Empty Abstraction 5, 1991 oil on wood panel: 10 x 10 inches frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette

Empty Abstraction 5, 1991

oil on wood

panel: 10 x 10 inches

frame: 12 1/4 x 12 1/4 inches

Aaron Parazette  Kelly Fendi, 2022 acrylic on canvas 40 x 40 inches

Aaron Parazette

Kelly Fendi, 2022

acrylic on canvas

40 x 40 inches

Aaron Parazette  Huff, 2016 acrylic on linen 24 x 11 inches

Aaron Parazette

Huff, 2016

acrylic on linen

24 x 11 inches

Aaron Parazette  Plaster Pure Beauty (Five Works: AmEx, Canon, Lipton, Nike, VW), 1991  plaster with decal  4 works: 10 x 9 inches each; 1 work: 8 x 8 inches

Aaron Parazette

Plaster Pure Beauty (Five Works: AmEx, Canon, Lipton, Nike, VW), 1991

plaster with decal

3 works: 10 x 8 inches each; 1 work: 9 x 8 inches; 1 work: 8 x 8 inches

Aaron Parazette  Kelly Target 2, 2022 acrylic on linen 19 x 22 inches

Aaron Parazette

Kelly Target 2, 2022

acrylic on linen

19 x 22 inches

Aaron Parazette  Kelly Target 1, 2022 acrylic on linen 55 x 41 inches

Aaron Parazette

Kelly Target 1, 2022

acrylic on linen

55 x 41 inches

Aaron Parazette  Come Again Shining Glance, 2022 acrylic on canvas 22 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Aaron Parazette

Come Again Shining Glance, 2022

acrylic on canvas

22 1/2 x 17 1/2 inches

Aaron Parazette  Soon, 2022 acrylic on canvas 84 x 72 inches

Aaron Parazette

Soon, 2022

acrylic on canvas

84 x 72 inches

BIOGRAPHY

Aaron Parazette (b. 1960 Ventura, California) holds an MFA in Painting from the Claremont Graduate University. In 1990, Parazette relocated to Houston as a Core Fellow at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. He is currently an Associate Professor of Painting at the University of Houston. 

Among the institutions in which Parazette has shown are the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Texas; Austin Museum of Art, Austin, Texas; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Elaine L. Jacob Gallery, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, Nevada; and the Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, North Carolina. Reviews of his work have appeared in ArtPapers, Art Lies, Art in America, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, New Art Examiner, and New York Times.  His paintings are included in numerous collections including Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas; Menil Collection, Houston, Texas; Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas; and many others. He was the recipient of a 2005 Artadia Fund for Art and Design and received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in 1994. He was given a solo exhibition at Dallas Contemporary in 2012 and was the Art League Houston’s Texas Artist of the Year in 2012. Parazette has had three solo shows at McClain Gallery, in 2008, 2011, and 2022, and was part of a two-person exhibition in 2018 as well as a group show in 2014. He also curated a lauded group exhibition at the gallery, In Plain Sight, in 2012. Parazette is represented by McClain Gallery.