A look at Aaron Hegert’s alchemical experiments with shape, structure and camouflage.

Action, Time, and Vision (2014) may best be described as a practice in intentional dissonance.

Made up of original photographs and collages made of appropriated images from a turn-of-the-century illustrated book on the theory of camouflage (Concealing Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, G.H. Thayer 1909), Action, Time, and Vision is an exploration of an existing body of knowledge, but also a distortion, a twisting out of tune, and a restructuring of that body. It is a book written between the lines of another: the work takes a theory about camouflage and turns the criteria back on itself. It hides within camouflage, not through it. And if its processes of production are the transformation of a common material into one of greater value, then this kind of alchemy is also its subject matter. But camouflage is a special kind of alchemy, because the common material is the visible world, and the one of greater value is what appears as nothing at all.

Aaron Hegert is an American artist who currently lives and works in Colorado. His work has many sub-plots and tangential stories, but one thing that remains constant is an ongoing attempt to look simultaneously through photography, and also at it. Themes of subversion and appropriation are common in his practice, and his projects usually revolve around some kind of a re-interpretation. His works have been shown nationally, internationally, online, and IRL.

See more of Hegert's work on his website.