I Like to Draw Stuff Opening ReceptionNovember 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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November 10, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
I Like to Draw Stuff Opening Reception
Gallery 18 is delighted to present our much-anticipated November exhibit by artist Hal Katz, entitled “I Like to Draw Stuff.” It will be on display from November 3 to December 2, 2019, with an Opening Reception on Sunday, November 10 from 12-2 PM.
Hal Katz never took an art class nor had a teacher; he taught himself to draw. Determined to become proficient and produce work that wasn’t derivative and was beautiful to look at, he started to learn the craft by doing realistic pen and ink drawings. This was followed by a period of drawing mandalas, each drawing containing two interconnected mandalas: one that could be seen in daylight and the other that could be seen only in the dark.
As this proved a very niche endeavor, he decided to expand and draw abstract and nonrepresentational art, which evolved into adding high tech inks and acrylics to his work. His goal was to create pieces that interacted with the viewer, the paintings changing as the viewer changed the angle of viewing and as the light they reflected changed. He calls this work “Playing with Light.” The current show includes some of these pieces as well as the mandalas, along with other work reflecting strong compositional lines, a sure sense of color, strong and subtle at once, and an unexpected streak of whimsy. It is, in short, a show full of vigor and variety.
Katz has exhibited locally, including a number of solo shows at Gallery 18, and non-locally in such venues as the Kranter-Krazner Museum in New Rochelle, the Fridge Art Fair on the Lower East Side, the Affordable Art Fair in Manhattan, Blue Door Art Center in Yonkers, and as far away as the Case Museum in Colorado. His work has also found homes in hospitals and medical centers and in private collections. He is a member of the Riverdale Art Association.
The current show is called “I Like to Draw Stuff.” Here’s why, in the artist’s words: “My first idea was to call my work paintings but I don’t use paint, I use ink and all kinds of pens and nibs. So I thought I would call them “inkings,” but that’s what tattoos are called. The work in this show is mostly pen and ink drawings, but I also use aerosol sprays, paper towels, sponges, squeegees, etc., so calling them pen and ink drawings isn’t always correct. All the glowing works use acrylics, so ink alone isn’t always correct either. So I call my work ‘stuff.’ I hope you like my stuff.”