Artist Richard Hawkins joins Rail contributor Andrew Woolbright for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Patrick Hill.
In this talk
Los Angeles-based artist Richard Hawkins’s multimedia practice often reads simultaneously as vividly personal and promiscuously referential. Working in collage, painting, and sculpture, several of Hawkins’ series emerge from a process of studying, internalizing, and regenerating the ideas of historical artists and thinkers, inflected by the specificity of Hawkins’ own visual lexicon and biography. Recent solo exhibitions include Greene Naftali, New York (2019, 2018, 2016); Tate, Liverpool (2014); Le Consortium, Dijon, France (2013); and the Art Institute of Chicago, which traveled to the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2010). He has been awarded the Arts Matter Fellowship, the US/Japan Creative Artist Fellowship, the Otis College of Design Faculty Development Grant, among others.
Artist, curator, and critic Andrew Woolbright is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an MFA graduate from RISD in painting. Woolbright is the founder and director of the gallery Below Grand located on the Lower East Side in New York. In addition to curating, he is a regular contributor to the Brooklyn Rail. In 2021, Woolbright curated the show Density Betrays Us with Angela Dufresne and Cash Ragona at the Hole; and will be curating shows at Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center and Hesse Flatow in the summer or 2022. He currently teaches at School of Visual Arts and SUNY New Paltz and is a 2021-2022 resident at the Sharpe Walentas Studio Program in Dumbo.
The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Patrick Hill reading.
Poet and digital artist Patrick Hill is a fourth-year student in the BFA Writing program at Pratt Institute. His work and studies have focused on the use of hybrid and multimedia forms, including text, memes, and code, to investigate the contradictions of American life in the post-internet era. He has recently completed a full length manuscript, a hybrid auto-fiction about coming of age and finding connection in the late 2010’s entitled Doomscrolling. Patrick lives and works in Brooklyn, N.Y. with his partner.