Hatch, a show curated by Susanna W. Gold, Ph.D., in partnership with InLiquid, offers a vibrant collection of complex and deeply colorful artworks. This exhibition features the artwork of Andrew Chalfen, Carole Loeffler, Denise Philipbar, Donna Sensor Thomas, Jay Walker, Paul Santoleri, and Stan Smokler.
Traditional techniques of “hatching” and “cross-hatching”––using short, consecutive line segments, either parallel or crossed, to represent light and shadow as a means of modeling naturalistic form––has been a fundamental element of drawing and printmaking since the Middle Ages. Though none of the artists in this exhibition practice naturalism, we can still see an echo of the historical process of working with repeated lines to create content, each artist’s approach to contemporary form-building distinct from the another. Whether created in paint, paper, tape, ribbon, fiber, blocks, rods, steel, or motion, repeated lines provide the fundamental structure to each of the works in this exhibition.
The conceptual and productive sense of the term “hatch”––to devise an idea or plan according to careful thought, then to incubate and produce it––also underlies all these projects. Originating from the individual mind of the artist, each of these works are meticulously conceived, developed, and cultivated in the intellectual sphere, then generated in physical form to be shared with viewers, inviting us into the discussion.