Koplin Del Rio Gallery is pleased to announce its second solo exhibition with Los Angeles based painter Moira Hahn.
Hahn's new series of watercolor paintings, "Night Vision", focus' intently on the artist's view of the current state of the earth. She explores American contributions to the state of the world economy, reliance on foreign oil and concerns about climatic change caused by human activity. All of these ‘lessons' put forth in the guise of animal antics. In "Raijin Tiger", she considers challenges to endangered species competing for habitat and food in rapidly urbanized landscapes. Similarly, the two pieces "Tan Don't Burn" and "Apparition" represent humanity as ‘fire monkeys' imperiling the rest of the creatures on earth through the effects of global warming.
Hahn's use of animals as purveyors of social admonition is a direct result of the artist's socio-political awareness and love of animals. Another body of work, mostly on a lighter theme, emerges from Hahn's continued observation of the behavior of birds in her backyard and a host of feral cats that lurk nearby. Hahn's voracious study of mid-to-late nineteenth century Japanese ukiyo-e masters Yoshu Chikanobu, Ichiyusai Kuniyoshi and Shibata Zeshin inspires her to create scenes in which the birds attempt to level the playing field. In a scroll-like painting entitled "Red Carpet Treatment", a posse of birds gleefully unfurl a rogue cat's super-sized tongue and size it up for an impromptu luau.
Currently, Hahn is a Full-Time Associate Professor of Art at Santiago Canyon College, in Orange, California. She received an Art Matters Fellowship for visual art in 1992. She has also been awarded an artist grant (Art Alliance/Tribute Fund, 1997) and full tuition scholarship in 1998 from California State University, Fullerton, where she completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree in 2000. She's had two solo exhibitions in Japan as well as three museums exhibitions in California and Hawaii, and will be the subject of a 2009 solo exhibition at the Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California.
Over the past four years, her work has also been featured in solo or two-artist exhibitions in galleries in Seattle, Washington (2); Ashland, Oregon; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Toronto, Alberta, Canada.
Her paintings can be found in the permanent collections of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts (San Francisco, CA); the Long Beach Museum of Art (Long Beach, CA); the Oakland Museum (Oakland, CA), and UCLA Medical Center.