Aaron Spangler

Aaron Spangler at work

Woodcuts by Aaron Spangler

Primarily known for his sculptural work, Aaron Spangler is a virtuosic self-taught sculptor of wood. He carves intuitively, incorporating subjects from his daily life and surroundings to create compositions layered with political and social meaning. Themes and subject matter are drawn from his experiences and response to his natural surroundings and social observations in rural Minnesota: he is fascinated by ”rural chaos, personal paranoia, political anger, nature’s beauty and bounty, stoicism, severe religion, wellness, and spiritual bliss.”

Highpoint was proud to present Spangler’s new prints in the exhibition Luddite, which was on view in our  Lake Street gallery from October 10, 2014 through November 15, 2014. The exhibition featured all ten of the handprinted woodcuts developed in collaboration between the artist and Highpoint’s professional printshop over the course of his residency.

Further reading on Aaron Spangler: Art in America | Minneapolis Star Tribune

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Aaron Spangler (b. 1971) lives and works in Park Rapids, MN. He received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN, and has received grants and fellowships from the McKnight Foundation, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and the Jerome Foundation. Spangler’s sculptural work is held in the collections of The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Hammer Museum, The Minneapolis Institute of Art, and Walker Art Center, among others.

Prints from Highpoint’s project with Spangler have been acquired by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts,  and Walker Art Center, among other public and private collections.

Spangler is represented by Horton Gallery.