Aaron Hodges "While We Sleep" at Hatch Gallery, OaklandTattoo // Friday, 01 Jul 2011
We know Aaron Hodges very well as a tattoo artist at Idle Hands in San Francisco, but we know that he is also a fine art painter who showed at FIFTY24SF last summer. Tonight, July 1, in Oakland, he has a new series of oil paintings, While We Sleep, showing at Hatch Gallery.
As Hodges says about the new series, “I have a long line of military history in my family. I served four honorable years in the United States Navy and through this lineage and experience, I feel that it is my duty to make these paintings. My military experience was formative and deeply personal, something that I needed to get out through paint. Now, I feel an obligation to my friends who are still serving. Painting is my active way of not letting their sacrifice be forgotten. Through paint, I do not intend to make a political statement about our nation’s involvement in conflicts. I attempt to spark a conversation about those who serve our country. And through this conversation, we might acknowledge how good life is, how great we have it living here in the Bay Area. These paintings are my way of giving a voice to those still serving. This is the most honest way I can express my friend Michael Horne’s deployment, his efforts, his reality; as well as of those in his platoon whom I don’t personally know. I have a unique perspective that I wish to share because of my connection to these people.”
While We Sleep
July 1—August 27, 2011