It gives me great pleasure to announce the opening of Double Knotted, my first solo exhibition with Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco.
For this body of work I utilize the shoelace as a tool and symbol for expressing a variety of concerns relating to connectivity, optimism, activism and identity. In certain paintings the laces form “loose” drawings of common symbols such as a rainbow, spider web or figure, while in others they function as pathways for leading your eye around the work, literally tying things together, emphasizing the relationship between objects and the complexity of navigating contemporary life.
This is a very meaningful and important exhibition for me on a personal level, as I will finally unveil what might be considered my greatest work to date, a 6 x 8 foot curiosity cabinet painting titled The Pursuit of Happiness. In this one piece alone I have upwards of 600 hours of labor, spread out over the course of two years in the studio. Wrought with personal anecdotes, symbolism and direct references to various other artists I’ve admired, this painting has evolved over time into a something of a self portrait, manifesting the struggles, achievements, observations and anxieties I’ve encountered on my own quest forward.
I invite you to please join me at the opening reception of Double Knotted, Saturday, April 1st, 2017 from 6pm – 10pm. The show will be on view through April 22nd. For more information visit www.hashimotocontemporary.com. To receive an advanced collector preview, or for any other inquiries, please contact the gallery at firstname.lastname@example.org.