Coming to the Gallery at Sasaki this winter is new work from Brian Hart. His vibrant, layered paintings are full of images acquired from a variety of sources: from advertisements and cartoons to works of the old masters. Giving each image equal weight and power in his compositions changes the traditional meaning of pictorial symbols, allowing the viewer freedom to interpret her or his own meaning in the work. Celebrate this colorful and captivating exhibition with us on Thursday, February 20, from 5-7PM. In anticipation of FACTS, we asked Brian to answer a few questions about his process.
Q: Why did you become an artist?
A: Growing up with an artist for a mother, I was always encouraged to draw and paint for as long as I can remember. My family has been incredibly supportive of all my artistic endeavors and for this I feel incredibly lucky. I think many people have a hard time keeping up good studio practices as the pressures of supporting yourself start to grow but for me it has always been a necessary part of my day.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Anything and everything. The imagery in my work draws from many different sources, from stock photos to medieval engraving. I'm interested in how both behave and relate to each other when given equal prominence in a painting.
Q: What is your connection to the medium/media in which you work?
A: After being a printmaking major in school I have enjoyed the flexibility that switching to painting has afforded. Even though I still try to incorporate the aesthetics of printmaking processes like silkscreening (flat colors, repetitive patterns, pixilation and half tone dots) painting every detail by hand allows me to be more spontaneous.
Q: What is your process like?
A: I tend to work on many pieces all at once. I never know what a painting will end up being in the end so I work in layers and allow the pieces to develop on their own.
Q: What's next for you?
A: I recently received an LLC grant from the Somerville Arts Council and I am hoping to create a mural or public arts project somewhere in the city. I am also hoping to put together an art show for Somerville Open Studios at my co-working space, Fringe Union.