Still Pond native opens exhibition in Baltimore
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.