Clay Hardwick (also referred to as “echomech”) is a Mississippi artist, working primarily in abstract painting. Hardwick’s work has always explored the abstract, ranging from chaotic sketchbooks to coordinated murals over the past six years, and has most recently produced a series of paintings inspired from a new transition.
“The landscape around us tells a story. The water cycles of sea to rain to stream have scored the earth and carved fantastic shapes into the rocks; the Earth painted and sculpted by weather patterns.
My artwork focuses on the process of mark-making over time by fluid natural process. The features of our planet are the record of processes occurring over millennia. These indications recorded in rock, painted on mountains, and buried within deep channels allow us to perceive great spans of time in the moment.
My painting is instinctive, gut-expressive. I explore the interactions of flow and the patterns revealed when elements settle. In this work I connect these natural processes to my own path of self-understanding.”
– Artist, Clay Hardwick
“Currents: Featuring paintings by Clay Hardwick”
Exhibit Dates: 1/25/2017 – 2/25/2017
Closing Reception*** February 23, 2017 5pm-8pm
Almost Circle Gallery
128 Rue Magnolia
Earlier in 2016, Hardwick moved from Mississippi’s capital city to the lush gulf coast. Immediately a new style emerged, influenced by this new, organic environment. Moving from a large open studio space (frequented by neighborhood friends and artists) to a quaint coastal cottage, Hardwick’s paintings have been reinvigorated by the coastal rhythms.
“When I first moved to the gulf coast… having the ocean just down the street from me, I immediately was transfixed by the complexity and beauty in what I was seeing on the water. Waves would catch sunlight and create seemingly chaotic displays of color and pattern. There was motion that made the colorful chaos a hypnotic trance.
I immediately wanted to incorporate this into my artwork. Not simply to paint a snapshot of what I saw in the water, but recreate and rephrase the experience of being transfixed into something that feels deeper than just an image… a brief entanglement with the universal. That is what I see in the sea, so to speak.”
He often kayaks in the Mississippi sound at sunset or photographs driftwood on the barrier islands.