Patrick Painter is pleased to present, “Black Hills,” a solo exhibition featuring new paintings by Los Angeles artist Carlson Hatton. This exhibition will showcase Hatton’s complex and compelling panels inhabited by disjointed and languishing figures.
"Black Hills" derives from an exploration of stains, spills and stutters that rhythmically populate the paintings and form simplified representations of hills. The repetition recalls the abstraction of a sheet of photo negatives, or the intriguingly distinct results of a jammed printer. Composed of graph paper, acrylic paint, and meticulous graphite drawings, each piece is an eclectic fusion of vaguely familiar representation, gestural abstraction, and elements that more closely resemble biological details. The pieces initially convey a sense of chaos, but closer examination reveals meticulously rendered graphite drawings of vessels, chairs, candles, eyes, feet, and hair. These quieter moments are a reprieve from the energetic sprawl. The panels’ swooping edges and curved corners suggest that fanciful portals have been cut into the walls to reveal an abyss of drips, glitches and layered configurations of form.