A Result Of Serendipity

“Chance is a major factor in all evolution, but its mechanism is very slow.” - the artist

Snow Angel, 2018. Mixed media, 39.5 x 43.5 inches

Snow Angel, 2018. Mixed media, 39.5 x 43.5 inches

My work is process driven, a streamlined investigation of the natural mechanics that form fossils or sedimentary rock. I am intrigued by the fact that their formation is not governed by design but almost totally by random chance. I use pigmented grout to help naturalize my process.

Catch and Release, 2018. Mixed media, 35.5 x 45.5 inches

Catch and Release, 2018. Mixed media, 35.5 x 45.5 inches

Most of my major breakthroughs have been as a result of serendipity. Chance is a major factor in all evolution, but its mechanism is very slow. I purposely speed it up and give it free rein. The layers I apply first are hidden by subsequent applications, but exposed again in their original order when the piece is cast. I include found objects and recycled refuse as a statement for future contemplation. I am working almost blind and in reverse.

Intrinsic, 2018. Mixed media, 25.5 x 49.5 inches

Intrinsic, 2018. Mixed media, 25.5 x 49.5 inches

The original wax sculpting is totally lost during casting, much as organic material is lost or changed in the formation of fossils or sedimentary stone. The resulting image is a reversed negative textural image. My intent is to explore the contradiction of the initial design, and learn from the somewhat random artifact left behind. 

Truth Tablet No.2, 2018. Mixed media, 32.5 x 36.5 inches

Truth Tablet No.2, 2018. Mixed media, 32.5 x 36.5 inches

I am intrigued by the ambiguity of initial concepts in relation to their fruition and the unpredictable consequences of my actions and decisions. If I pay close attention, the work shows me what it is meant to be.

Heart to Heart, 2018. Mixed media, 38.5 x 38.5 inches

Heart to Heart, 2018. Mixed media, 38.5 x 38.5 inches

About the artist:

Hall was a founding member of the cutting- edge 500-X Gallery in Dallas and has exhibited in over 60 prestigious group and one-man shows throughout the U.S.  He has been awarded a Fellowship for Peripheral Vision Arts,  and is included in their inaugural publication "Salon 2017 ", including an essay by critic Georgia Erger.  Hall is featured in "Dallas Style & Design" 2017 Fall and 2018 Spring issues.  His work was awarded "Best of Show" for an art show and auction benefitting PBS channel 13 by the late Henry Geldzahler, famed curator of the Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art, New York.  Walter Hopps, then curator of the National Collection of Fine Art, DC, chose his work to be exhibited at the Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art. The late Dr. Edmund Pillsbury, 18-year Kimbell Art Museum Director and past Senior Fine Art Expert at Heritage Galleries & Auction House, was a fan and mentor.  Hall's work was on display for two weeks in the capital rotunda in Austin, TX in 1986.  That same year, he was an Official State Artist of Texas nominee. In April 2005, he was featured in American Artist magazine.  In 2012 his work was featured on the Jumbotron in "Art Takes Time Square" New York, NY. Hall's work appears in many private and corporate collections, including the Arlington Museum of Art, the corporate headquarters of MasterCard, NY, the corporate headquarters of In-N-Out Burger, California, One Bell Plaza and Market Hall, Dallas, and Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson LLP, Dallas,TX.


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