Artist & Residence at Bernardo Hale Gallery
Situated on the edge of commercial Hollywood and the residential splendor of Hancock Park, Bernardo Hale is an independently funded artist space and gallery.
Bernardo Hale seeks to foster the talent of emerging artists through ongoing exhibitions and screenings. As an untraditional exhibition space, Bernardo Hale aims to break the familiarity and sterility of the white cube--- offering an experimental environment to exhibit work in a wholly unique and refined setting. The art is displayed in relation to its domestic setting, displayed in paradoxical forms of curatorial experience, action and presentation.
Garhart, Haight and Martinez (two of which are residents) have displayed their works throughout the gallery’s two floors, offering a distinct curatorial overlap between residential and commercial.
To the artists in the show, there is no pragmatic partition between the realms of artistic practice and everyday living.
Topics within the exhibition include figurative study, time, and light. Notions of narrative space design the thematic content in each artist’s practice. The contrapuntal narrative potential in all three artists guides the viewer through the exhibition as a whole, while highlighted, however, each artist’s’ work is a lens upon document and experience. The work ranges from filmic and adventurous, to purposeful scenes of clinical reduction and hushed drama.
"The mural is an ancient form that once held the same place in society as film does today. I think of it as a excellent tool for teaching the masses while also invigorating the home-space ." Michael Haight
Raised in the Inland Empire, Haight’s upbringing consisted of Perris’ dirt roads and Orange groves, and Hemet’s retirement communities. These locales have rendered in him interest in environments and states of mind both sought after and tossed aside.
Located within each figure is an environment all the minds' own with a body language evocative of that suffering. Likewise the environments in each setting are indicative of the figures' own personal mind-space and the karmic fields involved in their ingress and egress on the path to the alleviation of suffering.