February 7 - 28, 2015
Opening Reception February 7th, 6:00-9:00PM
Third Thursday February 19th, 6:00-9:00 PM
Artist Talk February 21st, 2:00 PM
Hatch Art Gallery, 3456 Evaline St. Hamtramck, MI 48212
Gallery Hours Saturdays, 1:00 - 6:00 P.M.
Dave Hardin is a Royal Oak artist and poet, a graduate of the Fine Arts program at Wayne State University. His paintings have been exhibited at Lawrence Street Gallery in Ferndale, Open Competitions at the University of Michigan Dearborn, Mullay’s 128 Gallery in Elk Rapids, Hatch Gallery in Hamtramck and Lilly’s Restaurant in Royal Oak. His poetry has been published in the Dunes Review, The Madison Review, 3 Quarks Daily, Carolina Quarterly and The Prague Review among others. He published A Ruinous Thirst, a poetry collection, in 2012.
The poem paintings in the 2015 Tableau exhibit at Hatch Gallery are the result of Dave’s interest in exploring ways to combine visual art with poetry. He was struck by the ubiquitous figure of the street level panhandler at major intersections throughout the metro area. They persist amid the traffic and exhaust, every kind of weather and every indignity. Their common message, scrawled on squares of cardboard, is plaintive and direct. Dave was intrigued by the idea of “messaging” in a modern age. The panhandlers have to compete with the media and millions upon millions of the connected trying to be heard above the cacophony of the age. Dave’s panhandlers may have changed their message in frustration at the futility of trying to capture the attention of the driving public. That, or they are only frustrated poets driven to desperation. The poems are original and the figures are based on images of the artist’s forgiving friends.
Other paintings in Tableau are based on black and white Detroit Times society page photographs from the 1950’s.
A set and costume designer by training, K.A. Letts brings an unusual skill set to her acrylic paintings and tinted drawings. The artist has absorbed the influence of early 20th century European masters and has combined them with techniques and imagery from aboriginal art, outsider and street art to create a unique visual language. These erudite yet accessible figurative works are tightly crafted, carefully drawn, deeply felt.
K.A. Letts is a graduate of Barnard College (B.A.) and Yale Drama School (M.F.A.). She shows her work regionally, in Detroit, Chicago, and Toledo and also in New York, where she is an Inter/National Alumna Artist at A.I.R. Gallery. Recently she was one of 28 regional artists selected for the TAA Annual Exhibition at the Toledo Museum of Art, where she won the Toledo Federation of Art Society’s 2014 Purchase Award. In addition to shows at WSG Gallery and the Toledo Museum of Art, she will be exhibiting this February at Hatch Gallery in Hamtramck and at Motor Row Gallery in Chicago in March-April.
“My work looks both forward and back in time. I employ techniques and strategies from art history to describe my vision of the present Anthropocene age. When all of nature is touched by humans and all humans are touched by technology.”
“Currently I am exploring the idea of cultural images--mostly figurative sculptures--that have been in the public realm for long periods of time and how these sculptures or images become connections, or conduits, between generations of people who have viewed them. After a time they begin to develop emotion, mood or personality.”