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Press Release - Fly Traps by Aubrey Learner


Aubrey Learner - "What's Done is Done"
Acrylic and Ink on Mounted Paper.
24 x 24 Inches. 2019.


First Amendment Gallery
Fly Traps

Aubrey Learner
Opening Reception - April 6th 7-10pm
Showing Through - April 26th

First Amendment Gallery is excited to present Fly Traps, a solo exhibit by San Francisco-based illustrator and painter Aubrey Learner. Inspired by natural science and the macabre, Learner’s work aims to dissect the anxiety of the human animal by focusing in on the scientific anatomy of what makes a creature live.


Aubrey Learner - "Acid Test"
Acrylic and Ink on Paper.
36 x 24 Inches. Framed. 2019


As a student of both Biology and Fine Art, Learner has found a way to merge the logical eye of science and the existential curiosity of artmaking. In her latest body of work, she applies this technique to the many ways humans can be analyzed and viewed. In the time of social media, this near microscopic degree of scrutinization puts humans in a spotlight unlike any before. Through her work she explores the dichotomies between disorder and control, beauty and ugliness, and ultimately, life into decay. The contrast between these themes, when viewed from the perspective of humans as animals, shows the subjects in their unavoidable dilemma of being both tame and wild.

Learner holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Akron and an M.F.A. from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has shown in the Bay Area, New York, and Los Angeles and currently lives and works in San Francisco.


Aubrey Learner - "Cuttings”
Ink / Acrylic on Paper.
32 x 22 Inches. Framed. 2019.