Elliott Fouts and Gale Hart are working hard to bring epic to Sacramento in September!
Actually, Fouts has already gone epic with his large, new downtown gallery on 19th and P Streets. A superb commercial space with lots of showroom areas and a separate exhibit room for monthly exhibitions. If Fouts is trying to please every type of collector then Gale Hart is a great choice to appeal to the ones with an edgy sensibility.
“When you see Gale Hart's work you see the inner workings of her soul,” Fouts stated about her work. “You can be compelled by her power, repulsed by an image, enraptured with an idea. However Hart reaches you, she reaches you with power and a surprising subtlety. As you begin to understand Hart's narrative you know that it is an effort at unvarnished honesty. Hart will tell her story and let the chips fall where they may.”
Hart has also been hard at work at her studio just blocks from Fouts new gallery. You may have visited her studio when it was the gallery A Bitchin’ Space. Hart is not doing the gallery this year in order to focus on her upcoming show and needs the space to spread out. And spread out she has! Enter her studio now and you will not recognize it. If you’ve ever wondered how someone can work in so many mediums at one time, under one roof, Hart’s studio reveals the truth; utter chaos. From large canvas to welded steel with a narrow walking space, one must step very carefully over scrap wood and half-finished pieces to get from one end to the other.
Before holding up in her studio to work on her upcoming show, Hart had an interesting past 10 months. First she tried out for the Next Great Artist TV showand did well, only to get cut in the 3rd round. Then, she broke her back, pelvis and thumb skateboarding. But Hart has healed, is back on the board, but dedicating more of her time to creating new work.
When asked why this epic show, Hart said "I have done epic before with the two years I spent on The Circus Show and Other Atrocities exhibition, but I have not put that amount of energy into a body of my own work. Right now there are so many parts and not many whole pieces, but it will all fall into place soon. I am doing all sorts of mediums and going big with large canvas and an installation that I am very excited about.
Speaking specifically about the theme of the show, entitled Show Some Emotion, Hart offered; “I approach my artwork with thoughtfulness and insist on excellence and attention to detail. With that I hope to stop the viewer long enough to manipulate their emotions to produce empathy and lose their apathy for at least a moment. Whether it is painting, sculpture or my steel furniture the content and narrative is of utmost importance. I am working on all new work for this latest exhibition and using a lot of reclaimed materials.