Gallery and blog for the art of Kara Hammond

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Saturday Evening Open Studio + Some New Hands

Saturday Evenings from 7 pm – 10 pm, through the end of August, my studio door will be open to the public for visiting, drawing, and conversations about art with me and downtown artist, ArtDezo, aka Donell Williams. Masks required for the unvaccinated, recommended for the rest of us. The fans will be running. Stop by and say hello!

ArtDezo with his in-progress mural by the back door of AFAS, 7th St. and Liberty.

And the latest hands, more handmade inks along with traditional watercolor on a variety of papers.

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Billboard on Hwy 52, south of WSSU, until mid-July

It’s been a great year, having a billboard image to reach the thousands of people passing each day with a positive message. Sadly all good things must end, and so this will be coming down soon. But many thanks to:

@artpopstreetgallery @artscouncilwsfc @lamaradvertisingcompany @adamsoutddoor @associatedposters

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Hand studies in ink

(Vintage fountain pen ink, Carter’s washable blue, circa 1950. On watercolor paper, 11″x14″, 2021)

These drawings are made mostly using a variety of artist-made or found vintage inks. The handmade inks include oak gall, walnut, and acorn-iron, hand picked and rendered from the artist’s farm, as well as studio-made copper oxide and titanium white. The vintage inks are mid-20th century, and have been rescued from our farm storage outbuildings.

The series began early in 2021 as a practice of drawing a hand a day. As in a net sport like volleyball or badminton, the intent has been to keep the thing in the air for as long as possible. So far, it’s been nearly two months. These are the best examples.

(Sumi ink on watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″, 2021)

(Hand foraged oak gall ink, and tea, on watercolor paper, 11″ x 14″, 2021)

(Hand foraged oak gall and titanium white inks, with coffee and tea, on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)

(Coffee and tea, with a brush, on watercolor paper)

These quick drawings use vintage sumi ink and brush.

The drawings above use a combination of vintage fountain pen ink, hand foraged walnut ink, copper oxide, and tea.

The drawings above use sumi or walnut ink, and crosshatching.

These are made with tea.

(Oak gall ink wash and titanium white, 11″x 14″, 2021)

Vintage fountain pen ink. Foraged acorn ink with brush and dip pen.

Vintage fountain pen ink, brush and dip pen.
(Oak gall wash, coffee, and titanium white ink on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)
(Copper oxide, walnut ink, tea wash, titanium white ink, oak gall ink, on watercolor paper, 12″ x 16″, 2021)

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“Sow Justice – Grow Peace”, on display on Adams and Lamar billboards around the Triad

Photo by C. S. Young, Jr. Fine Art Photography

It is with real pleasure that I announce the inclusion of my work in this year’s Arts Council Winston-Salem, ArtPop2020 Billboard Competition. Big shout-out to Lamar and Adams advertising, for sponsoring this opportunity for local artists to reach the broad general public. Big shout-out to ArtPop2020 and the Arts Council for making this a reality. The project has been receiving very favorable coverage from the Winston-Salem Journal, so thank you all for that as well!

July 14, 2020 – https://journalnow.com/entertainment/arts/these-6-artists-will-get-their-work-on-billboards-in-12-counties-artpop-street-gallery/article_39cf246c-0e8a-5d4c-be2b-cf6111f651dd.html

July 23, 2020 – https://journalnow.com/opinion/editorials/our-view-drive-in-art/article_af8a3889-c28e-59b4-b8b5-66bcf23926f2.html

For a deeper dive into how this relates to some earlier work, read on:

In the 1990’s, I was spending a lot of time in the studio making art about being on the road, developing images that reflected the alienation of life behind the wheel.

Sound Wall, Reston VA, oil on copper, 1996

The work that emerged was a series of drawings and paintings about the highway, and what it means to feel as if you’re sitting still while traveling forward at 70 miles an hour. Mostly it was a flatness that I found pervasive, in mood, in emotion, which I addressed in parallel-to-picture plane or one point perspective compositions.  

Smokestack, Elizabeth, NJ, oil on copper, 1997

It was a response to what I understood to be a disconnect between the presumed natural world tied to notions of traditional landscape, and what I was witnessing before me, a technologically contrived wasteland for which there was only one escape, forward behind glass, behind the wheel.

Greenroof Inn, Burlington, oil on copper, 1996

Rearview, graphite on paper, 2014
Surrogate, graphite on paper, 2016
Sign, graphite on paper, 2015

I’m not sure if there are any conclusions to be drawn between these older pieces and the fact that a drawing I created actually made it onto one of these advertising devices, but I think there is something there.

“Sow Justice” billboard across the highway, Greensboro, NC 7/23/20, KH
“Sow Justice” billboard, Greensboro, NC 7/23/20, KH

Can an image designed with the fostering of human relationships in mind use the apparatus of alienation to reach its goal?