The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery on
Tuesday opened “Stupor,” an exhibition of paintings by Los Angeles
artist Carlson Hatton, who draws on art history, pop culture,
philosophy, design, and fashion to create his works.
An opening reception will be held this Saturday, Feb. 22, from 6 pm to 8 pm.
The show will be open to the public through Saturday, March 29.
Describing Hatton’s work, writers at the gallery commented, “The
layering created by the diaphanous fields in Hatton’s work often
dissolves figure and ground, signaling a visual denouement, where images
collapse and coalesce into a pulsating plane or event horizon, then
expand with illusory effects that deconstruct their source material in
revelatory ways. The result exposes a rich, brightly hued world that
glows above, below, or perhaps in between the everyday iteration of
Hatton is a tenured professor on the Art faculty at Santa Monica College, where he teaches drawing.
He completed a Laureate program at the Jan van Eyck Academie in
Maastricht, the Netherlands, after a Master’s program at the Ateliers in
Amsterdam, and recently participated in an arts residency program at Da
Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, China.
“I’m interested in the slippery quality attached to the language of
advertisement that seems to expire the moment it’s produced,” Hatton
said. “My landscapes and figures dwell within that rich aftermath;
reproducing and reconfiguring to create alternate environments with
re-contextualized echoes of the vaguely familiar. Weaving together
watercolor washes, acrylic, graphite, and oil, I strive to create layers
that defy space while simultaneously creating pockets to fall into.
“I construct images and narratives derived from a psychotic reality
that has lost visual coherence. My work explores the psychedelic mass of
seemingly available and inexhaustible visuals and histories. I’m
fascinated in our shared visual lexicon and its state of continuous
construction that becomes denser and more impenetrable through constant
development, re-visitation and re-appropriation.”
SMC’s Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is located at the SMC
Performing Arts Center at 1310 11th Street (corner of Santa Monica
Boulevard and 11th Street), Santa Monica. Exhibits, gallery talks, and
opening receptions are free.
Gallery hours are noon to 5 pm Tuesday through Friday and 11 am to 4
pm Saturday. The gallery will be closed March 7 and 18. For more
information, call 310.434.3434.
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