Released Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Black Mass, by Robert Hardgrave.
15% of the sale of this print goes to Teach for America.
Robert Hardgrave, born in Oxnard, CA, raised in southern AZ, has been a Seattle resident for the past 20 years. He is in the practice of old fashioned drawing and painting. Improvisation is his strength and he enjoys employing "mixed" media whenever he can. His latest work utilizes sewing, not only as a means of combining materials, but as a way to draw and apply colors in a graphic manner. Robert has been published in numerous artist survey books and magazines in addition to a monograph of his own work called "Magic Beans". Robert is represented by EC Gallery in Chicago and Fetherston Gallery in Seattle.
About the print:
Black Mass was an experiment I wanted to attempt with all the bits of drawings that had collected at the studio. I found these round pieces of paper and started adding the bits, improvising the composition organically. This was the first of many of sewn mandala designs that came out during that time.
This print is available in multiple sizes. It was digitally signed by the artist. The 8x10 and 11x14 prints are numbered by The Working Proof. Learn more here.
Do you have any process drawings/sketches that led up to this finished piece?
I have been interested in Mandalas since I discovered Jung in the early 90's. There have been many different iterations. Here are a couple from a couple years ago:
What has inspired you recently?
I have been interested in how people make large images or compositions from smaller pieces. People like Paul Noble, the Tobias twins and African American improvisational quilts.
Why did you choose to pair with Teach for America with your print?
Teach for America seems like an organization I can stand behind. Education in all it's forms should be an opportunity available to everyone.
How have you seen art transform the world around you?
It's certainly transformed my world. I can't speak for anyone else, but through making work for myself I have discovered things I wouldn't have found otherwise. It filters experience in unique way. I feel lucky to do what I do.
If you could pick one artist to mentor you, who would it be?
As of late I have been reading the writings by Anni Albers. Her insight into not knowing through inexperience thrills me every time I read it.
Who are some artists you think people should know about?