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Scott Hadfield:
New Paintings

April 27, 2013 – June 1, 2013

Exhibition View

Scott Hadfield’s painting practice takes an altered approach to archeology.  Where a researcher uncovers what has come before and digs deeper and wider to gain a clearer picture, Hadfield pushes, pulls and scrapes not only to reveal what has come before but also to build towards the future.  He alters each additional layer to unify the surface, yet each action of selective removal keeps some awareness of the individual layers.  By doing this, he promotes the importance of chance conversations and continuity.

The balance between thin (both curved and straight) exacting lines and expressive brushtrokes builds a space as deep as the imagination and as subtlely undulating as the formerly viscous texture of paints layed on the canvas.  When looking at Hadfield’s new paintings, a viewer can see respect for the past and desire to explore what comes next.  The true beauty in the work is that this respect melds into a present that is, at once, comprehensible and incommunicable.

 

As the great poet, Rainer Maria Rilke wrote in “Initiation”:

Whoever you are, go out into the evening.
leaving your room, of which you know each bit;
your house is the last before the infinite,
whoever you are.
Then with your eyes that wearily
scarce lift themselves from the worn-out door-stone
slowly you raise a shadowy black tree
and fix it on the sky: slender, alone.
And you have made the world (and it shall grow
and ripen as a word, unspoken, still).
When you have grasped its meaning with your will,
then tenderly your eyes will let it go …

Reception with the artist on April 27th, 3-5pm

Works In Exhibition

5455RR

Scott Hadfield 5455RR 2012 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
60 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches  (153 x 102.2 cm)
(Inventory #25250)

5455JM

Scott Hadfield 5455JM 2011 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
60 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches  (153 x 102.2 cm)
(Inventory #25251)

5455ED

Scott Hadfield 5455ED 2011 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
60 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches  (153 x 102.2 cm)
(Inventory #25252)

5455PC

Scott Hadfield 5455PC 2011 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
60 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches  (153 x 102.2 cm)
(Inventory #25254)

5455FS

Scott Hadfield 5455FS 2012 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
60 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches  (153 x 102.2 cm)
(Inventory #25249)

5455DK

Scott Hadfield 5455DK 2011 Oil on canvas

Signed, titled and dated on reverse
60 1/4 x 40 1/4 inches  (153 x 102.2 cm)
(Inventory #25253)