Opening Reception Saturday For “Stupor” Exhibit At Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery

Friday, 21 Feb 2014, 9:15:00 AM

Mirror Staff

Works by Los Angeles artist Carlson Hatton will be on exhibit at SMC’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery.
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Works by Los Angeles artist Carlson Hatton will be on exhibit at SMC’s Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery.

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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