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Aaron Parazette
at the Dallas Contemporary through December 4th
chit chats with Aaron Parazette + John Pomara - Oct 25 // 6pm

Now that the last show of glamour shots has faded away, the Dallas Contemporary
is showing hard-edge painting master Aaron Parazette. From now until December
4th, we will be treated to his most recent paintings and a large-scale, site-specific
wall painting. Houston-based artist Parazette is no stranger to the Dallas area. He
has shown his work at Dunn and Brown (now Talley Dunn Gallery) for years.
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I have always enjoyed the craftsmanship Parazette is able to achieve with his
hard-edge style. The work looks so flawless that you would swear a machine
produced the images. There is something quite beautiful about that high
graphic look created by the human hand. It goes without saying that I don’t
think the work is painted freehand -- he uses some tools to make these incredibly
crisp lines.  Since I don't want to get into a very long diatribe on what constitutes
a work done by the human hand, I will get back to Parazette.
previous articles
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Todd Camplin
Aaron Parazette, Color Key #24, acrylic on linen, 2011
Aaron Parazette, Color Key #21, acrylic on linen, 2011
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Aaron Parazette, Color Key , acrylic on linen, 2011
But words are not the story of this show; the Dallas Contemporary is exhibiting
his expertly executes hard-edge abstractions. Though not to the extent of
someone like Bridget Riley’s Op art, Parazette's abstract paintings do have
movement, but I don’t think he is aiming for precise illusionistic effects.
Instead, you see a nice balance of colors moving in an aggressive pattern.
Parazette’s use of circle and shaped canvases breaks the traditional
rectangle canvas and helps the pattern contrast with the sharp hard-
edged angles of the painting.
Aaron Parazette, Color Key #23, acrylic on linen, 2011