Ideas and Influences: Mary Addison Hackett

I have followed Mary Addison Hackett’s blog Process since she left LA a few years ago and returned to Nashville where her mother was in the hospital. Unfortunately, as Hackett drove across country, she received word that her mother had died. Since then, Hackett has been dividing her time between LA and Nashville, where she … read more… “Ideas and Influences: Mary Addison Hackett”

Mary Addison Hackett’s final Miami round-up.

Guest contributor: Mary Addison Hackett Let me tell you about my boat. Sunday 12:35 pm. I’m sitting on a shuttle patiently waiting to go to Miami Projects. It’s air-conditioned. A catchy pop version of Deck the Halls is being piped in. There’s wi-fi. Conceivably, I could spend the day here. Given traffic, I might. I … read more… “Mary Addison Hackett’s final Miami round-up.”

Mary Addison Hackett’s Report From Miami, Day 1: Basel

Guest Contributor: Mary Addison Hackett / Turns out tweeting, texting, shooting work and seeing the art, was more complex than I thought. After catching a cab from the airport and having the cab driver stop on the freeway to call her husband for directions, we shuttled over to Basel for an obligatory overview. I intended … read more… “Mary Addison Hackett’s Report From Miami, Day 1: Basel”

Visitors in New York: Mary Addison Hackett and Raffaella Chiara

Raffaella Chiara, installation of drawings at Frosch & Portmann. On Sunday, Nashville-based blogging painter Mary Addison Hackett and I took a trip to the Lower East Side to visit the New Museum, check out the Festival of Ideas for The New City, and stop by some galleries. For the festival, Frosch & Portmann gallery invited … read more… “Visitors in New York: Mary Addison Hackett and Raffaella Chiara”

Made in LA: The personal is political

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / There may be a few artists working today who support the current administration in Washington, but it’s safe to say that most count themselves as members of the Resistance, such as it is. This doesn’t mean that we’re destined to make reflexive, shrill propaganda. For anyone who wants to see … read more… “Made in LA: The personal is political”

The Desert is Not Barren, 2: John Plowman and Bernard Leibov at BoxoPROJECTS

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / Ask anyone here what initially brought them to the desert and almost everyone will say, “I love the desert,” followed by a brief declaration of prolific love for the community of people they met upon arrival. That’s the standard order. We come for the landscape and stay for the community. But sometimes the … read more… “The Desert is Not Barren, 2: John Plowman and Bernard Leibov at BoxoPROJECTS”

The Desert is Not Barren, Part 1

Contributed by Mary Addison Hackett / When I first moved to the desert, my intention was to be close enough to the Los Angeles art scene without having to deal with traffic, high rents, and apparently in my absence, a dearth of parking. I’ve been to LA exactly three times in the last calendar year. Writing … read more… “The Desert is Not Barren, Part 1”

Street Smarts: Charles Goldman @ Songs For Presidents

Guest Contributor Mary Addison Hackett / I went to graduate school in Chicago with Charles Goldman and still remember one of the first pieces he showed at a crit. It was a thin red line cut from paper, crossing the gallery floor. If I recall correctly, it represented the interstate highway he had driven from … read more… “Street Smarts: Charles Goldman @ Songs For Presidents”

Gratitude, Favorites from 2014, Predictions for 2015

Last 2014 snap from the studio in LIC. Happy New Year! I recently read an article (thanks to Sharon Louden for bringing my attention to it on Twitter) that suggested the most common mistake artists make is forgetting to thank the people who have helped them. Thus, my first task of 2015 is to thank … read more… “Gratitude, Favorites from 2014, Predictions for 2015”

Miami, Part IV: Rebecca Morgan’s eye on the figurative (and a bit of abstraction)

Guest Contributor Rebecca Morgan / The Miami fairs constitute true spectacle. I enjoyed watching it happen from a safe distance, and found it even more exhilarating to be present and in the thick of it all. The general atmosphere across the fairs and social scenes throughout the week was congenial and bright, celebratory and effervescent. … read more… “Miami, Part IV: Rebecca Morgan’s eye on the figurative (and a bit of abstraction)”