AARON HOLZ This work investigates relationships of individuals, painting techniques and art movements through small-scale portraits. The ground in each painting is made with a thick layer of acrylic gesso that has been combed and then painted from multiple directions. The figure is rendered on a layer of clear resin that is poured over that textured surface. The portrait floats above a background of color and pattern. In certain passages, the actual depth of the surface interferes with the eye’s ability to see illusory depth of the painted figure. There is an exchange between the implied depth of the painting and the physical depth of the material; a hybridization that combines elements of Op-Art and Portraiture in ways that challenge traditional figure/ground relationships. Holz received his Master of Fine Arts in Painting from the University of Albany, State University of New York in 2001. He has exhibited work in group and solo shows in New York and Boston. His work was included in the exhibition “Face Forward – Portraiture In Contemporary Art” at Columbia University’s LeRoy Nieman Gallery, New York, NY. Aaron Holz serves as an Assistant Professor of Painting at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln where he lives and works.