VIA NEGATIVE IS AN ONGOING shifting platform for work that focuses on PRESENTING ideas and REFLECTIONS ON CULTURE. The work USes EDITIONS, MULTIPLES, and PUBLISHING. Via negative engages Culture through consultation and collaboration. Via negative is conducted by aron hill.
An ongoing series of images that consider the relationship between culture and history. The pieces are created using traditional watercolor techniques and archival digital printing.
Mother and Child
Photographs documenting spaces and past actions. Sites unspecified.
Site where the Jaguars were defeated by The Sunspots. A boy was initially struck with a rock that initiated a street fight over commercial zoning.
A young girl fell off the top of the skate ramp while playing with her brothers. She received a compound fracture on her leg which later became infected. Two fishermen carried the girl to the bus.
Three boys were chased by a German tourist who thought that the boys had taken his girlfriend's purse from a patio.
Two friends were caught by one of their other friends having sex in the afternoon.
Thinking of the State of War
A young woman found a bible that had been dropped by a Mormon missionary. An address was written inside so she mailed it to the location the next day.
On a very hot day a young boy was lost for nearly 8 hours and then was found.
We regret that we are unable to use the attached material. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to consider it. To get a better idea of the material we publish, please visit _____________ Sincerely, The Editors The New Yorker -- Cartoons
After receiving the above rejection letter numerous times I was beside myself when I received a personal response from the editors at the New Yorker with this response:
Dear Aron Hill, Thank you for sending us "group of 10 new cartoons". We're interested in seeing more of your work. Please email batches of cartoons in a single PDF with one cartoon per page to ____@____________ from now on. Thanks again. Sincerely, xxxxxxxxxxxx The New Yorker -- Cartoons
Quickly, I drew up some new cartoons and submitted them to the editor and quickly heard back.
Thank you for getting in touch. I'm very sorry, but you received the first email in error. You should have received a follow up email shortly thereafter explaining the unfortunate mistake. Our apologies for the confusion! We will be happy to review your future submissions, but please continue to submit as you have in the past, via the Submittable portal, not via email.
xxxxx and I were able to take a look at your new cartoons, and, while we appreciated seeing them, I'm sorry to say we'll be unable to use them. thanks so much, xxxxxxxxx
So, these are the rejects...
"Amazing! Another uncharted school."
"I'm not going to lie doc, it's hotter than the sun in here!"
"You don't need to worry about that, it's just eaglese."
Preaching to the inverted
Hand foot and mouth of God disease.
"Not bad, but this time, do you want to try to let go and let God or should we just use autotune?"
"Wow! You're right, these acadamia nuts are liberally salted."
"The 1% meeting the 1%"
"That must be Lance, he's the new Ornery player."
"I'd rather phishing!"
"You need to stop anthropomorphizing the baby."
"The doc said I need to get out more, he thinks it's post mortal depression."
"Boys, no need to worry, your jobs are safe here. Let's just say it's part of my re-affirmation action plan."
"Alright! Ideas people...who wants to riff of what David just did?"
"Dad,why are you grinding the bottom of your new skateboard?"
"This little smeltdown isn't going to get you anything!"
"You don't mind if I speak a bit of truth very loudly and arrogantly, do you?"
"...and here are your new colleagues, Jenn and Peter. They too are Senior Vice Presidents. I am sure you will all work well together."