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Green Matter / Gray Space

Green Matter / Gray Space is a play on words from the terms “green space” (an area of grass, trees, or other vegetation set apart for recreational or aesthetic purposes in an otherwise urban environment) and “gray matter” (the darker tissue of the brain and spinal cord, consisting mainly of nerve cell bodies and branching dendrites). The increasing population growth in cities calls into question (or enters into a gray area) the future of green space. When every area of a city is constructed for housing and other buildings, the area of green space per capita shrinks. If the vegetation that has, over time, been ripped out to make space for more human activity can be thought of as the gray matter of the ecosystem, what is it that we are doing to the intelligence of our planet’s environment? With climate change, our insatiable waste, and minimization of plant life, how will our health as city dwellers be impacted by the diminishing environment we rely upon for water, air, and food?


Aaron Wilder


Originally from Arizona, Aaron Wilder has also lived in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and France and currently resides in San Francisco. He has been creating art since 2002 and has shown at exhibitions in Arizona, California, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC as well as Italy. He received his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2017 and has been featured in 24 solo exhibitions and 66 group exhibitions. Venues that have displayed his work include Gallery Celtica in Phoenix, Off-Rhode Gallery in Washington, DC, SPACEWOMb Gallery in Manhattan, ARC Gallery in Chicago, the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, Root Division in San Francisco, and Saint Mary’s College Museum of Art in Moraga, California.