Film editor Aaron Dunkel, from LVLY in NYC, has always been addicted to the art of image-making, photography, and design. From humble beginnings in his parent’s basement, he made a makeshift darkroom and a painting studio thus began his passion for photography and the arts. Aaron then moved quickly into the field of television with an internship at a local TV station and making music videos for his friend’s high school punk bands. He attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a dual major in photography and filmmaking. After graduation, Aaron jumped right into the field of post-production in the fast-paced world of commercials. He quickly moved up to be senior editor working with GREY, Saatchi & Saatchi, Publicis, and DDB. Using all of the experience gained through the years, Aaron returned to his roots of painting and photography. He has been working with his photographs, found objects, and painting to visualize loud, vivid colors and textures creating unique energy to his art. Aaron contributes much of his inspiration to his home base of Jersey City.
My art is to decontextualize our chaotic and beautiful world. I reconstruct my reactions from reality into my collages. My goal is to inspire those who see my work to look more carefully at the world around them, to discover beauty in unusual places, and take care of it. My creation is instinctive; I try to keep at bay an approach that is too conceptual or too analytical. I don’t want to lead any interpretations of how to perceive my work, I let the art stand on its own, like a beautiful tree, a scary building, or a lion full of bravado. My art is in the truest form of the DIY spirit, and it is to take leftovers disregarded and create new art. To show the world we have to take responsibility for all of our actions.