To say that Carlson Hatton’s work is mixed media feels as though we are missing the juicy meat. The totality of his visual language is far more sumptuous than the sum of all its parts. His solo appearance at Patrick Painter, inside Bergamot Station in Santa Monica, is a pleasurable bombardment of myriad images created by the artist adeptly dabbling in painting, drawing, airbrushing, and silkscreening. Consisting of seven different polyptych works, each piece in the show is made up of multiple sheets of paper mounted on panels.
Practical considerations aside, this mode of building a polyptych is remarkably clever once we notice that the scenes and objects that cross over the papers don’t quite match up. The misalignment has got to be purposefully intended. Though the principle of gestalt helps us see the bigger picture in its entirety, there is a constant push and pull at play, which keeps our eyes rolling and balling. We find ourselves attempting to see the parts and see the whole all at once. The experience is a bit like a “Charlie Foxtrot” moment, except that no one’s going to die and it’s highly entertaining.
Carlson Hatton’s work is still on view at Patrick Painter until this Saturday, April 18, 2015. Try getting there before it closes. It’s a MUST SEE.
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