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Smithsonian Craft Optimism - Aaron Laux Design

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Auction Description

Smithsonian Craft Optimism - Aaron Laux Design by Aaron Laux Design
My wall hangings are made from reclaimed materials and local woods that are renewable. Waste wood materials from my work are used as substrate for growing edible mushrooms. Themes of connection to nature and the healing aspects of that connection are ever present in the work. I focus on the personal stories of that connection, how emotional and spiritual healing creates space for a loving, reciprocal relationship with nature. Recent exhibitions have specifically dealt with climate change and related issues. These include the "Phoenix from the ashes", that brought attention to the emerald ash borer crisis as well as "Swept Away," which focused on aspects of climate change. Inspiration comes through the natural world. The art I make is a seeking to express my authentic voice. Creating the visual story of my connection to nature. Through this experience as part of, life appears as a pattern of reciprocity. This theme repeats through my art, the dynamic ever changing movement of life into more life. How the pieces of the mosaic flow and fit together to create a whole and how we as human animals are a part of this puzzle. I have been an artist since I was a little boy and I am living my dream. I believe we all have this ability to dream and create art. That is integral to being human. Expressing myself in this way helps me become more whole. This is far more than a job, I see it as healing, growing and evolving! The moments when other people resonate with my art are the most emotionally heartfelt. Then I know that what I do is not just relevant to me. Read more
Aaron Laux Design
Madison, WI 53715
United States



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Some of my work is currently available but all of my work is available by commission. There may be lead times for some pieces that are not yet made. I also create custom artworks based on previous works. A custom crate needs to be constructed for each artwork that is shipped. The cost of the crate and the shipping are the purchasers responsibility. Within seven (7) days of Artist’s receipt of payment from the purchaser, the Artist will ship the object(s) purchased. Sold objects will be shipped directly from the Artist to the purchaser. Shipping arrangements and charges will be determined by Artist and the purchaser and will not be the responsibility of the Smithsonian (including the Committee). The Smithsonian (including the Committee) shall not be responsible to Artist or the purchaser for any loss or damage to the Object incurred in transit or otherwise. Read more

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2021 RULES AND CONDITIONS OF SALE (for Artist and buyer)

Artist, Bidsquare, and the Smithsonian Women’s Committee (the “SWC”) have collaborated to promote and conduct this 2021 Storefront Sale (“Storefront Sale”). The items in Artist’s Storefront Sale are offered and sold by Artist at “Buy Now” prices under the following Rules and Conditions of Sale in addition to any other terms set forth by Bidsquare. Anyone registering to buy or buying an item in this Sale (a “Buyer” in the “Sale”) accepts these Rules and Conditions of Sale. These Rules and Conditions of Sale constitute the entire agreement between the Artist and Buyer.

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Additional terms and conditions required by Bidsquare and the Artist may apply to Buyer’s participation in the Storefront Sale.

1. Sales
Prices of the items offered for sale are based on Artist’s current retail prices. All property is sold “as is” and all sales are final.

2. Billing and Payment
Upon purchase and payment, the Buyer becomes the buyer and owner of the property. The Buyer is responsible for the amount of the successful bid, a 3% service charge, applicable taxes, and any other charges provided for in applicable Rules and Conditions of Sale and any required by Artist and Bidsquare. Payments shall be made in U.S. dollars.

3. Collection of Property
After the sale and upon receipt and clearing of payment in full, Artist will contact the Buyer. Shipping and insurance will be arranged directly between the Buyer and Artist. The Buyer shall be responsible for any shipping and insurance charges. No refunds will be given for any reason.

4. Representations or Warranties
Artist has made every effort to describe the property correctly and accurately and to provide an accurate image of each item. Artist represents and warrants that the property (i) will generally conform to the information provided; and (ii) is free and clear of all liens, claims and encumbrances. However, the Smithsonian Institution and the SWC make no representations or warranties of any kind or nature, express or implied, regarding the correctness of the description, physical condition, quality or importance of the property sold in the Storefront Sale or its fitness for any purpose. Artist and Bidsquare retain the rights to photographs, catalogue text, illustrations and other intellectual property contained in any Storefront Sale catalogue and on the websites related to the Storefront Sale.

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6. Time and Duration
The sale begins at 9:00 a.m., Eastern Daylight Savings Time (EDT), April 24, 2021. The sale ends on May 1, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

For more information, contact the Artist at the information listed above.