Mark Beard, Tom Hoadley and Tjibbe Hoogheimstra

Reception: Saturday August 18 from 6 to 8pm

With sculpture by Joe Wheaton

August 16, 2007 through September 16, 2007

Carrie Haddad Gallery is proud to present an exhibit of works by Mark Beard, Thomas Hoadley, Tjibbe Hooghiemstra and Joe Wheaton which will be on exhibit from August 16 through September 16, 2007.

Mark Beard is unprecedented, but not singular. Accomplished in every medium, he is more than a complete artist – he is at least five. His talent is so overflowing that, years ago, he needed to channel himself into alter egos. Mark invented the persona of “Bruce Sargeant,” an imagined English artist, contemporary of E. M. Foster, Rupert Brooke, and Joan Sloan. Mark also created Bruce Sargeant’s teacher, Hippoyte Alexandre Michallon, a 19th- century French Academist. Michallon also taught Edith Thayer Cromwell, an American avant-gardeist; and Brechtolt Steeruwitz, the German Expressionist, a most complex personality. The style of each of these artists is individual, brilliant and true.

Born in 1956 in Salt Lake City, Beard now lives in New York. His works are in museum collections, including the Boston MFA and the Antheneum; the Whitney, Metropolitan Museum of Fine Art and MoMA New York; Princeton, Harvard, and Yale Universities; Graphische Sammlung, Munich, and others worldwide as well as more than 100 private collections.

Berkshires native, Thomas Hoadley, wishes to create a quiet sense of wonder in his work. He states, “I wish to engage the viewer’s eye with subtle modulations, organic color (whether saturated or rarefied), and complex textures from natural earth materials, all within a rectilinear format inspired by sacred geometry. I hope to entice a prolonged gaze during which time the alchemy of color and form can create in the viewer subtle emotions that may be found to underlie happiness, beauty, peace, calm, wonder.”

Materials are important to Tjibbe Hooghiemstra. Paper is not just a support; it is an integral constituent of the artworks. Through the engagement with collage, the altering and additions to the surface, the work is constructed. The qualities of the marks, dry, scratched or on a water saturated surface are vital to convey the essential sense of place. A delicate balance between loosing and finding the image is sought. Hooghiemstra does not make studies or sketches; everything is a non-mediated item, completely of itself. The evocative fragments are forged into a meaningful whole.

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra is a Dutch artist and has been an artist in residence at Annaghmakerrig, Cill Rialaig Project in Ireland where he regularly teaches at the University of Ulster and NCAD. Recent exhibitions were at Galerie Espace Amsterdam, DNA Gallery Provincetown and Scope Los Angeles. His work is included in collections in Tate Gallery and the Stedelijk Museum.

Joe Wheaton

Mark Beard

Tjibbe Hooghiemstra