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TO LIVE WITH ART IS TO LIVE WELL

From design inspired by organic forms to the use of reclaimed materials, I pose the question: What is our place in the natural world? My art rises from a necessity to respect, conserve and preserve the environment.

I use light and dark color, illumination, as well as contrasting, yet symbiotic materials of concrete, recycled plywood, metal, glass and paper to create art that is functional and beautiful. My intent is to insert nature-inspired shapes into daily living spaces. My sculptures and furniture intend to explore the relationship between humans and the natural world that surrounds them, which is why the art I create mimics forms in nature. My compositions tell and retell the same story of contrasting and opposing elements, repelling and drawing together, ultimately becoming whole.

I believe we infuse the objects in our daily lives with the emotions and memories that reflect who we are. My greatest satisfaction is when other people can experience the art through their own stories and recollections, thus awakening their sense of wonder and awe of nature. When we fall in love with a work of art, it will continue to give back to us.

That is why I believe, to live with art is to live well.

Aaron Laux, sculptor and furniture designer

Aaron Laux was born in 1972 and has called Wisconsin home for most of his life. He is a wood worker but also has experience with many other sculptural media. His training took place during a ten year apprenticeship with, artist Steven Spiro. Furniture as sculpture, is expressed through his nature based aesthetic, and connection to functional design. Much of Aaron’s work is produced through commissions, and is in collections through out the midwest.

Aaron Laux Design

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Exhibitions

2015 March 2015 DUMA Biennial
Dubuque Museum of Art, Dubuque, IA
2014 December One of a kind Show
Merchandise Mart, Chicago, IL
2014 September Art Apothecary
Marzen Gallery, Madison, WI
2014 March One Person Show
Change Botique, Madison, WI
2014 February New Work Debut
KW2, Madison, WI
2013 October New Work Debut
DIAS Fashion Show, Overature Center for the Arts, Madison, WI
2013 September Bay Creek Neighborhood Sign Dedication
Bay Creek Neighborhood, Madison, WI
2013 March Commission Unveiling
Italian Craft Beer Night, Osteria Papavero, Madison, WI
2012 February Sound Cave Sculptural Furniture Featured
Bookless Event, Madison, WI
2011 August Participated in Art Prize
Grand Rapids, MI
2011 May Work featured at Rising Star Juried Show
NorthWest Fine Woodworking Gallery, Seattle, WA

Awards

2015 GLEAM Grant Competition: Art in a New Light
Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Madison, WI
2014 Prize winner at the Midsummer Art Festival
Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2013 Prize winner at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival
Milwaukee Domes, Milwaukee, WI

Commissions

2014 Goff Memorial Bench
University of WI, Department of Horticulture, Madison, WI
2013 Restaurant Furniture Design and Installation
Osteria Papavero, Madison, WI
2013 Angle Kubly and Randy Peterson Built-in Stairway
Kubly Peterson Residence, Madison, WI
2012 Bay Creek Neighboorhood Entryway Sign
City of Madison, Madison, WI

Publications

2013 May Featured in 77 Square
Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI
2012 October NorthWest Fine Woodworking Magazine
“Perched” featured in Rising Star juried show article, Seattle, WA

Experience

1990 2000 Apprenticeship
Working with artist, fine woodworker Steven Spiro, Madison, WI
2000 Present General Contractor
Specializing in finish work, Madison, WI
Aaron Laux working with chainsaw

 

Aaron Laux woodworking process