Aaron Björk is an artist and educator whose work uses a critical, comparative, and transnational approach. His research-based art practice focuses on the cross-cultural transmission and translation of images and ideas across neoliberal economies. Cognitive labor, postcolonial observations, and the politics intrinsic to and exacerbated by the internet fuel his experimental practice. Pulling attention towards the entanglements of infrastructures developed to control the flow of information, bodies, genetics, commodities, minerals, shapes, and patterns is at the forefront of his thinking. These concerns emerge as experimental videos, immersive installations, internet-based art, courses, workshops, and progressive publications.
Currently, Björk is the 2020-2021 Designer-In-Residence at the Center for Art Research at the University of Oregon. And serves as a faculty member at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Previously, Björk was a co-founder of the Los Angeles-based motion design collective BORN (2006–2009). And a curating member at Ditch Projects from 2016–2019, he helped organize and host experimental and permissive exhibitions that promoted underserved artists in the Pacific Northwest.
In addition, Björk has collaborated with countless interdisciplinary design studios, working on time-based projects ranging from feature film and television main titles, music videos, and other culturally relevant commissions. His graphic design work has been recognized by: Communication Arts, Los Angeles Times, Art of the Title, and SXSW. Selected clients include AppleTV, AMC, Adult Swim, Giphy.com, HBO, MTV, NASA, Netflix, and Nike.
His work has been exhibited at Gallery 151, New York, Ny; Fisk Gallery, Portland, Or; SOIL Gallery, Seattle, Wa.; Ditch Projects, Springfield, Or.; and has been curated in internet-based exhibitions with Fluidity.Online, ECLIPSECORE, and The Wrong Biennale. He has given lectures or workshops at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University, Southern Oregon University, and Whittier College, among others.
Björk earned a BFA from Art Center College of Design and MFA from the University of Oregon. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.