Ballard, 2010 by Robert Hardgrave (image via)
24" x 24", Acrylic on linen
I've said it before, but I think that Robert Hardgrave is making some of the most interesting paintings in the Northwest. In fact, I'd say they're downright visionary. His work is always recognizably Robert but each year he pushes out farther and farther into new forms and directions.
"Cultural motifs from around the world have inspired me for quite some time now. I’m interested in marks that are made on baskets, textiles, and vessels, and I utilize them as starting points when I paint. Most recently, I’ve been drawn to those marks, but also to the objects on which they are painted. This trajectory of thought has had enormous implications for me. I wonder how I can take this idea of the “object” in its sculptural form and present it as a painting. Can I present these objects as vessels for ideas? Can I take all that I see around me in the world and present it as something hopeful? Can I take my failures, the destroyed relics of my new transformative studio practice, and create triumphs of both form and spirit?" - Robert Hardgrave
Tonight, he'll be showing new work at Fetherston Gallery. The reception is on the early side (5-7pm), so don't show up late and miss it.