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Steve Hash – Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens Artist in Residence
Jan 8@10:00 am-Jan 12@4:00 pm
Few artists have ascended so quickly to the top of the international art world as Steve Hash. The 2018 debut of his sculpture at Los Angeles’s HILDE Gallery earned him a Critic’s Pick review in Artforum. During the ensuing two years he exhibited at the Bombay Beach Biennale, the Institute of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and the prestigious Marfa Invitational in Marfa, Texas. His 2019 exhibition at New York’s Chase Contemporary gallery was lauded in Forbes, and his works Mother I and Child I were awarded a Director’s Choice at Art Miami 2018. There is a discernible link between Hash’s childhood in an isolated Christian community living deep in the forests of Mississippi and his love not only for common materials like concrete but also for subject matter drawn from everyday life. But his work is far from prosaic. Elegantly rendered with a refined touch, the drapery that carries so much of the expression and meaning of his sculpture recalls the work of such past masters as Michelangelo and Bernini. “I needed my sculpture to possess a sense of humanity,” Hash recalled recently. “I couldn’t achieve this by working conceptually or focusing entirely on formal concerns. I wanted to establish a dialogue with art history. After draping my first figure, I remember waking up on the couch in my studio and feeling strange. It was as if I was sharing the room with another presence. I knew then that I had made something with real resonance. It was the first time that I responded viscerally to my work; and although it scared me, I also loved it.”