Paintings from LA. [Los Angeles]

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Essay on painting and abstraction, drawing and documentation.

As an artist, I have taken on the task of sorting and re-arranging information. Using process as a starting point, my work investigates the desire to construct meaning out of chaos through the use of personal iconography and the language of painting. To this end, I am partial to abstraction because of its intrinsic inability to illustrate, and the ensuing challenge this presents. Inherent in the work is an implication of lack. Information is missing, incomplete, or thwarted.
 
Culling from the history of painting, I play with formal constructs by employing visual tropes such as drips, biomorphic forms, hard edges, and Expressionistic gestures, throughout the work. By fusing together disparate elements, I’m able to create a mashup of events, a conglomerate universe in miniature. While architecture, technology, and landscape have been prevalent themes throughout the recent work, I do not rely on themes as a primary source of motivation, but instead address issues as they arise. That said, there are remnants of my vocabulary in all of the work.
 
The work reflects my response to, and filtration of, events, memories and moments that make up each day. Through processes such as automatic drawing, layering and excavation, I am constantly negotiating boundaries between control versus loss of control. Incongruity is evident as fragment of information compete with one another for attention.

My drawings function as a visual diary of all the stuff encountered and processed throughout the day. NPR while I'm half asleep, a puppet I no longer have, pain, boredom, fear and happiness, all make their appearances in the drawings. Drawing serves as a way to simultaneously record and expand my surroundings. 

Each mark reflects an ongoing dialogue, an open-ended exchange. It's an evolutionary process with one mark determining the next mark. I approach painting as a verb, rather than as a noun. The emphasis is on the act of painting; the representations that remain are traces of the production. Ambiguity is part of the work in the sense that the viewer completes the process of interpretation.

 
~©Mary Addison Hackett
2006-09



Linking Room
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
Station
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Beast
2009
oil on linen
7 x 5 inches
Private collection,
Los Angeles, CA
Fast-acting Mr. Electric Sunshine
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
72 x 60 inches
Phyllis and Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art, Chapman University, Orange, CA
Sky-holder
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
60 x 48 inches
The Highest Mountain
2007
acrylic on canvas
84 x 72 inches
Private collection,
Los Angeles, CA
Hot, Noisy and Out of Control
2009
oil on linen
7 x 5 inches
My Chemosphere (After Lautner)
2005
oil on canvas
48 x 48 inches
D. 2015
Wayfarer
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
36 x 36 inches
D. 2015
Icon for the 21st Century
2007
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
48 x 48 inches
Dire Straits
2007-2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
60 x 96 inches
If and Only If
2007
acrylic on canvas
77 x 77 inches
Private collection,
Los Angeles, CA
She Grounded Her Ship and Surrendered
2008
mixed media on canvas
62 x 54 inches
Sap
2009
oil on linen
7 x 5 inches
Mystic Hovercraft
2008
oil and acrylic on canvas
62 x 54 inches
Music City Center Public Art Collection
Nashville, TN
Love and Rockets
2006
mixed media on canvas
48 x 48 inches
Private collection,
Los Angeles, California
SOSSOL
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
30 x 24 inches
D. 2015
Crude
2006
ballpoint, acrylic on canvas
48 x 60 inches
Private Collection,
Los Angeles, California
Valdosta 41
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
28 x 22 inches
Monument
2006
oil on linen
54 x 43 inches
Collection
There Was Consolation in Knowing That Others Were Worse Off (Pieta)
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
La Mode
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
The Sinewy Traipse
2008
mixed media on canvas
28 x 22 inches
Private Collection,
Los Angeles, CA
Comb-over
2008
oil, spray paint, acrylic on canvas
20 x 16 inches
Private collection,
Los Angeles
Overlooking the Cloud Sea (Fang Corners a Crow in the Backyard)
2009
oil on linen
7 x 5 inches
Private collection,
Los Angeles