Opening in the Main Gallery
Saturday 26 April 2 – 3.30pm
T.A.W. the american wars
A visual reflection on global conflict, a journey,
A tweak at the hem of political and religious rhetoric…
T.A.W. is an ongoing seven year journey in paint. Having been deeply affected by the events of the ‘war on terror’, John Hodgson conceived T.A.W. as a visual exploration of the intersections of war, faith and politics. Skeptical of the usages of faith to the ends of politics and war, Hodgson poses questions of estrangement, victimhood, captivity, and vulnerability.
Executed in layers, scraped back, re-worked and emended, they reference each other yet are able to stand alone, evoking poignancy, lostness and aloneness in the midst of events. This series of work uses a calligraphic mark making applied in a ‘stream of conscious’ using charcoal and crayon; emended, modified, deleted, added to with layers of paint, to convey emotion, ambiguity and achieve visual and emotional as well as intellectual engagement.
Artist Talk with Q & A: Sunday April 27, Depot Artspace, Main Gallery at 12pm.
John Hodgson will introduce his body of work T.A.W. the american wars, covering what his key drivers are, the technical aspects of his painting practice, and where he is heading as a full time artist. The main focus of the talk is to be guided by audience interest so your questions and comments are welcome. John will also be in the gallery at various times during the show including all day Sunday April 27 and Sunday May 4, and is happy to interact one on one.