Still Pond na­tive opens ex­hi­bi­tion in Bal­ti­more

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BAL­TI­MORE — The gallery in Bal­ti­more City Hall opens its first solo ex­hi­bi­tion of 2019, “Rate of Con­tin­gency,” from emerg­ing artist Kyle Hack­ett.

“Rate of Con­tin­gency” opens on Jan. 8 and is on view un­til March 22. There will be an open­ing re­cep­tion from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Jan. 15.

“Un­fold­ing across the North and South gal­leries in Bal­ti­more City Hall, ‘Rate of Con­tin­gency’ ad­dresses how so­ci­ety ranks and val­ues the po­ten­tial of con­flict be­neath for­mal­ity. More specif­i­cally, the lim­its and ex­tents of a pro­vi­sional ap­proach to self-rep­re­sen­ta­tion,” a news re­lease states.

“Ma­nip­u­lat­ing the au­thor­ity of rep­re­sen­ta­tional por­trai­ture, my work de­con­structs his­tor­i­cal ideas of se­cure iden­tity and fixed-paint­ing tech­niques through sub­texts of the staged, self-aware por­trait. I high­light contin­gen­cies be­tween self and the con­structed im­age as I at­tempt to clar­ify my con­tem­po­rary hopes, fears and in­se­cu­ri­ties about racial and so­cio- eco­nomic progress,” Hack­ett said in the re­lease.

“Us­ing aca­demic mul­ti­lay­ered paint­ing ap­proaches, I un­pack the tech­ni­cal and so­cial frame­work cre­ated by, but not lim­ited to, art-his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tions. By ex­plor­ing a pro­vi­sional ap­proach to self-rep­re­sen­ta­tion, I em­pha­size con­flicts be­tween the in­ner and the outer, in order to foster new re­al­i­ties and new ways of be­ing un­der­stood as not brown or white, wealthy or poor, but hu­man,” Hack­ett said.

Born in Still Pond and cur­rently based in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., Hack­ett is a pro­fes­so­rial lec­turer in stu­dio art at Amer­i­can Univer­sity. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in paint­ing from the Hoff­berger School of Paint­ing at Mary­land In­sti­tute Col­lege of Art. His bach­e­lor’s is in fine arts, and he is a McNair Scholar from the Univer­sity of Delaware.

He has com­pleted res­i­den­cies in­clud­ing: the League Res­i­dency in New York re­ceiv­ing the Ruth Katz­man Schol­ar­ship, Con­tem­po­rary Artists Cen­ter, N.Y. and Ver­mont Stu­dio Cen­ter, where he was the re­cip­i­ent of the Civil So­ci­ety In­sti­tute Fel­low­ship.

Among his honors and awards are Best in Show at the 2014 Bethesda Paint­ing Awards Ex­hi­bi­tion at 24 years old, mak­ing him the youngest win­ner in the con­test’s his­tory, the re­lease states.

His work has been fea­tured and writ­ten about in New Amer­i­can Paint­ings, The Wash­ing­ton Post, and dis­tin­guished as “Ten Mem­o­rable Paint­ings of 2014” in the Huff­in­g­ton Post. Hack­ett was a semi­fi­nal­ist for the 2016 BP Por­trait Award at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery in Lon­don.

For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact, Kirk Shan­non-Butts at 410-3619301 or [email protected]­ti­moreCity.gov.

KYLE HACK­ETT

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