Painting & Photography: An Alliance of Mediums
June 14 - July 15, 2017
Thursday, June 15, 5-7pm
About the Exhibition
Michelle Hauser's solo exhibition, Painting & Photography: An Alliance of Mediums, explores the connection between the two mediums through a combination of paintings on paper and photographic compositions.
A selection of Hauser's paintings (many of which began during an immersive five-week residency on Monhegan Island) have been transformed into large groups of ziatype, cyanotype and gum bichromate prints as part of her ongoing Album Series.
Hauser's Album Series amplifies the complexity of the print medium by creating compositions that rely on an interplay of pictorial structures between variant prints of the same image. Her intention, through the reiteration of a single image, is to echo the inherent rhythms of the natural world – time in particular - not one moment in time, as a single photograph captures; instead, Hauser elects to express the nonlinear way in which we recall time, its relentless repetition and endless variation.
By reducing her paintings into an abundance of sequenced, simplified and toned photographs, a distillation occurs that brings forth an abstraction and a detailed truth of reality.
“A story should have a beginning, a middle and an end, but not necessarily in that order”. ––– Jean-Luc Godard
About the Artist
In 1981 Michelle Hauser made a lasting connection to Maine at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture while earning her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having an extended time to spend painting in Maine was the catalyst for winning a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and the impetus for leaving New York City to become a year-round resident. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Chicago, and Maine. In addition to her recent Monhegan Artists' Residency, Hauser has been awarded residencies at The MacDowell Colony for the arts, Millay Colony for the Arts, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and Hewnoaks Artist Colony. Funding from the Maine Arts Commission Project Grants for Artists assisted with her goal to transform a selection of her paintings from Monhegan Island into large-scale photographic compositions. From attending Maine Media Workshops to persevering through winter's isolation in her South Thomaston studio, Maine is germane to her work.