Gwen Hardie: Earthly Bodies – Thursday, July 26, 2018, 6:30-8:30
Born and educated in Scotland, painter Gwen Hardie lived and worked in London and Berlin (studying with Georg Baselitz) before settling permanently in New York City in 2000. Her work appears in numerous private and public art collections throughout Europe and the U.S., and she is the youngest living artist ever to be given a solo show at The Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh. A member of a talented and high profile Scottish arts family, Hardie’s monumental ‘skin portraits’ are illusionistic 3D paintings depicted in the Classic tondo (circular format) that was popularized during the Italian Renaissance. Simultaneously engaging themes of the microcosm and the universal, Hardie’s works are often magnified to the point of abstraction.
Focusing her intense gaze on skin and bodily surface, Hardie probes the surface details of our bodies in light and shadow, revealing truths inherent in both our physical and psychological selves.
Artist Talk: Janeanne Gilchrist – Saturday, August 18th, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Free
2018 Fergusson Arts Award Winner, Gilchrist’s evocative underwater photographs capture the destruction and pollution of the world’s oceans and the havoc of waste and wide-scale fishing nets on marine life. A free diver for over ten years, Gilchrist’s lush photographs invite us to discover an exquisite new and weightless world, one in which life and matter exist in a constant state of flux.