Fragmented Realities: City of Dreams
September 12th to October 9th
Saturday September 12th, 6:00 to 9:00pm
Los Angeles Art Association/Gallery 825
825 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles Ca 90069
(310) 652‐8272, www.laaa.org
(Los Angeles, August 2015) ‐ Please join artist Teale Hatheway for a very special installation, a re‐presentation of the city of Los Angeles. Hatheway’s powerful work is inspired by two texts focusing on Los Angeles; “Los Angeles, City of Dreams” 1935 by Harry Carr and “Leaving Los Angeles” in Los Angeles Magazine, July 2015. The opening reception will take place on Saturday September 12th from 6‐9pm at the Los Angeles Art Association.
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I'm from one of those rare families that arrived in Los Angeles five generations ago and hasn't left. Everyone comes to LA and everything is already here! But, it's getting harder to stay. Some days I feel betrayed by LA's rising prices and foreign real estate cash. Other days, the city delights with new experiences and comforts with familiarity. Most days, however, I keep my head down and hustle, knowing I am one of the lucky ones. Yet I find myself saying protectively, "Don't go there: terrible traffic, low wages, struggling work force. You wouldn't like it." My declarations are honest, but deceptive. LA's also optimistic. “She's open minded. She accepts your history but embraces the future. You can disappear and be found in her at the same time.”
Fragmented Realities: City of Dreams is a beautiful, frenetic and bewildered visual love letter to Los Angeles. Paintings composed of layered elements of street lights found throughout the city are framed by maps of sprawling highways and punctuated by observation benches. The lights are an old Los Angeles tradition which I imagine to be our Angels, stoically protecting our endless streets, delineating neighborhoods, and watching generations pass. My paintings are emblematic of our contemporary experiences of Los Angeles: rarely straight forward, constantly in motion, exciting, uncertain and ethereal.
Fragmented Realities: City of Dreams is book-ended by two texts focusing on Los Angeles; “Los Angeles, City of Dreams” 1935 by Harry Carr and “Leaving Los Angeles” by Scott Timberg in Los Angeles Magazine, July 2015.
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Teale Hatheway is a Los Angeles‐based artist exploring the intersection of observation, recollection and architecture. Her mixed media paintings explore the theory that environments are remembered as compilations of elements with which we develop emotional or intellectual connections. She extracts details (such as pattern, color, form and texture) from the urban environment and utilizes them to trigger recognition of place. The results are layered, fragmented representations which convey the way we frame, archive, and recall our physical surroundings.
A fourth generation Angeleno and an advocate of historic preservation, she finds Los Angeles to be an ideal source of subject matter for her paintings. Its history often being dismissed for its future, Hatheway hopes to bring attention to Los Angeles architecture by demonstrating to viewers their often unrealized, but always personal experiences of a city on the cusp of understanding its historical significance.
Teale Hatheway is an internationally exhibited and collected artist. She earned her BA from Scripps College in Claremont, California, where, along with an education in contemporary art practice, she developed a love of western sociology and history. Hatheway studied figurative painting at the Slade School of Fine Arts, University College London. While abroad, she began her personal studies of architecture and urban planning. Upon graduation, Hatheway was awarded for her extensive library featuring readings on spatial theory, architecture, stage design, photography, art, urban planning and the philosophy of the effect of structures on the human condition. She acquired additional knowledge through studies of photography and architecture at Art Center College of Design, Pasadena.
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