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January 22 - February 21, 2016

Cannibal Eyes

Todd Hale

Mixed media collages combining found animation and hand drawn elements
Main Gallery

Opening Reception for the Artists
Fourth Friday, January 22, 2016
7:00-10:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public

Closing Artist Talk
Sunday, February 21, 2016
2:00 pm

Free and Open to the Public


Artist Statement

At this moment in history we are all constantly managing a seamless collaborative collage. The internet has revealed a new dimension, a type of flattened experience where everything is given equal weight. Obituaries and political rants share the same screenspace with games and selfies. It all cascades past us at increasing speeds, like a million movies played on one screen at once. It is a golden age in which to experiment with the mysteries of perception, however dizzying and overwhelming it may be. This niagara of ideas and images is exponentially self-organinzing itself into a new form of nature. A digital canopy or informational lattice can now be beheld like other natural phenomena. Ironically, in the presence of this newly visible technological landscape I am in a sense a traditional artist, merely manipulating and reflecting back my environment.

My process has evolved into a method of mixed media collage in which I combine and edit elements taken from found as well as hand painted sources. Part of the work in this show is comprised of stills I have photographed from both moving and paused cartoons on a television screen. The stills are then manipulated and rearranged digitally, pushing them further away from their original context. The resulting compositions are then printed as photographs, cut by hand, and then rearranged on a surface with epoxy resin. The painted paper collages further explore the same suggestive forms but remove the digital source of the imagery, and can be viewed therefore as fossils of fossils. I view all of the visual information I work with, whether sampled or "created", as latent imagery merely being coaxed into a perceivable format.

Biographical Details

Todd Hale (b. 1973) is a photographer and mixed media artist living between Richmond, Virginia and the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

Education: BFA in Painting and Printmaking, Virginia Commonwealth University 1996.

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6 East Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23221

More at: Todd S. Hale




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