Patrick Earl Hammie: Gallery Talk & Opening Reception April 3, 2009Posted by claralieu in Gallery Talks, Opening Receptions.
Tags: artist, exhibition, gallery, male figure, masculinity, oil painting, wellesley college
We had an eventful day at the gallery today: Patrick Earl Hammie gave a stimulating gallery talk during lunchtime with the opening reception for his exhibition was later in the afternoon.
At the gallery talk, Patrick provided an excellent mix and range of topics regarding his work, he covered specifics about his painting process which involves photographs as resource materials, anecdotes about his work method, some biographical facts which related to his works, the origins of his pieces and the conceptual ideas behind them, which are primarily focused on ideas of masculinity. As an artist myself, I’m always fascinated by the bits of information regarding their work process which then reveal themselves in the final pieces; the fact that Patrick has been working in his front bedroom on these oil paintings and hasn’t been able to step back further than about 6 feet away is intriguing. Another part of his process which was interesting was when he talked about spending as much time looking at and analyzing the painting as was spent actually painting it; i.e. a painting that takes 10 hours to create requires another 10 hours of looking.
If you were at the gallery talk today, what were some of the highlights for you? Comment and let us know!
One question which wasn’t asked during the Q & A at the end of the gallery talk, but which I was asked several times throughout the day was the significance of the exhibition title “Equivalent Exchange”. Patrick’s answer to that was that the title references the idea of needing to give something up in order to gain something, a concept which is imbedded in his paintings.
The opening reception later that afternoon was lively, with dialogue and conversation happening all over the place. We had a great turnout, and we couldn’t be more pleased to have this opportunity to host Patrick here at the gallery.