Wade Aaron was born and raised in New Hampshire and Vermont. He received his BS from Cornell University and went on to the School of the Museum of Fine Arts/Tufts University for his MFA, graduating in 2009. Wade currently lives in New York City.
"The way that my practice seems to function is to have a lot of different thought trajectories aloft at any given time, and various projects are conceived where they intersect. In general, I am interested in the ways objects are perceived visually (usually in specific relationship to light and time), the ways that we come to understand those objects, the ways in which those objects actually are, and the ways in which all three of these things (perception, cognition, and being) have a tendency to diverge from each other.
In the exploration of these issues, my discipline is chiefly sculptural. I am a sculptor in the sense that I am inclined toward the contemplation of physical objects and concern myself with the composition, fabrication and subsequent experience of those objects. At the same time, I am a sculptor reluctant to make material things, preoccupied with the resources it takes to do so, the waste generated in process, and the logistics of storage and transport thereafter.
To further complicate matters, I am also coming to terms with the fact that whatever my thoughts may be regarding the meaning of a given work of my making, it is a matter of contemporary practice that those aspirations are deciduous with respect to the actual track the meaning will take over the work's lifetime. There are extremes and means within this, but the point is that once a work has left my hands, so has any agency over its intent. Even if there is someone (a curator, a dealer, a collector/steward, a knowing viewer) to pass along the artist's "explanation", for lack of a better term, that story shifts and changes over time, slowly imbued with the particular interests, ambitions, or dynamic memories of the teller."
In September 2011 a light installation work by Wade was unveiled for the opening of the New Linde Wing For Contemporary Art at the the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The piece was comissioned specifically for the new space and will be up for two years.
Here's what the Boston Globe's Sebastian Smee had to say about the 15-foot light installation Untitled(INTENT):
"Aaron has created a field of light bulbs on a wall. The lighted ones form the word "INTENT.'' Over the course of two years, one by one, the bulbs will die. It's a brilliant riff on a concept - "intention'' - that rules ruthlessly over our lives, even as it constantly fails. And of course, it articulates something inherent in the work itself, which we are free to interpret as we please, without recourse to the artist's intentions."