Juxtapoz // Friday, November 03, 2006
Hard Light, new works by Robert Hardgrave and Warren Dykeman, opens next Friday, November 10th at BLVD Gallery in Seattle, WA. Robert Hardgrave's current work deals with death in an positive light. They are ideas about reincarnation and life beyond death, often reflecting about the cadaveric donor and the life he leads on borrowed time. Robert's work has been informed by his own health issues. In 2003 he received a new kidney from a cadaveric donor which soon after developed Lymphoma due to medication complications. Discovering six months of chemotherapy were necessary, he decided that if he was able to plow through this obstacle, he would treat himself to making art full time. In November of 2003, Robert was considered in remission and today he is living the life disease awakened. Regarding his work, Robert quotes Carl Jung, "As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being."
A fascination with merging industrial textures, illustration, street art and commercial art compels Warren Dykeman to paint. An avid cyclist, his paintings and drawings are combinations of imagery are culled from his rides through trainyards, hand-lettered signs seen on the road, his sketch books and snippets of conversations heard in passing. Warren's recent work incorporates a kind of coded visual language reminiscent of the "Hobo" art that is seen on the sides of boxcars, a language that was developed to communicate locations or situations that could either harm or benefit other rail enthusiasts in plain view.
There's a preview of the art on the gallery's website: www.blvdart.com.