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bewilderness

Elizabeth Harris gallery is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Julian Hatton. This will be his 10th solo show with the gallery.

Hatton’s new paintings continue to push the idea of landscape in unconventional directions. The boldness of color, the dragging and smearing of paint and patterns, the playful forms and quirky compositions, all suggest a curious intellect engaged in an urgent visual adventure. Once compared to early American Modernists like Dove and Burchfield, who both share Hatton’s sensitivity to the natural environment, the current work suggests associations with early 20th century European Expressionism, such as the French Fauves and the German Die Brücke group.

The title for the show, Bewilderness, alludes to the ambiguity of subjective experience at the intersection of nature and culture. It also expresses a yearning for clarity amid confusion in a time of environmental crisis.

While continuing Hatton’s career-long engagement with landscape, these new paintings are distinctly different from the work he presented at the gallery in 2017. The work ranges widely in size from small pieces at 10 x 10 inches to large canvases 60 x 60 inches. The small and midsize works are as rich and varied in nuance as the larger; though of necessity the smallest works exhibit a simpler composition.

Throughout the show, an air of spontaneity and improvisation mixes with contemplation and consideration for specificity. An anthropocentric sense of lived narrative inhabits the work. Viewers are invited to transcend formal analysis and embrace their empathy for perception and the phenomenon of looking, to embark on a road trip of visual adventure.

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Date

Sep 07 - Oct 26, 2019

Contact

info@elizabethharris.com >

Photos

Installation view of bewilderness

Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York

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Installation view of bewilderness

Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York

Artworks

Julian Hatton > <

Doesn’t Take Much

Hill and Dale

Jiggling

Pine Beach

Drift

Ringside

Tamarack Creek

Wishbone Point

Boomerang

Nudge

Pot

Spring Beauty

Streaming

Early

Finch

Oso Dormido

Spice

Julian Hatton > <

Doesn’t Take Much

Hill and Dale

Jiggling

Pine Beach

Drift

Ringside

Tamarack Creek

Wishbone Point

Boomerang

Nudge

Pot

Spring Beauty

Streaming

Early

Finch

Oso Dormido

Spice

Artists

Julian Hatton

Grand Haven