January 2012 - Bryce Hammond: Stories January 02 2012
The New Smyrna Beach gallery, Arts on Douglas will be presenting a new exhibition by Bryce Hammond entitled "Stories". The works explore an ongoing narrative of one tourist town, Daytona Beach. The paintings and mixed media works focus more specifically on the current dilapidation of small hotels and businesses that freckle the beachside landscape. Tourist-destination cities follow a cycle of growth, improvement and deterioration as the economy waxes and wanes.
Hammond states "I record evidence of human presence in man-made environments through painting, video, interactive installation and performance. My work focuses on the spaces within which people interact (or just traces of these everyday interactions.)"
The exhibition consists of fifteen 12"X12" paintings on panel which concentrate on exteriors of 3 motels in serial progression (5 for each motel). In addition, there are several enamel and transfer paintings on paper and a larger-than-life-scale installation. "Stories" refers both to architectural stories of motel buildings and to the narrative that resides in each.
Bryce Hammond has had solo and group exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Dallas, Oklahoma City, Annapolis, Nashville, Birmingham, and Orlando. In addition, Hammond's work appears in movies and on television through his agent in LA. His paintings are held in major corporate and private collections throughout the United States.
An Opening Reception will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. Bryce Hammond will give an Artists Talk on Friday, January 20 at 11:00 am. Both events are free and open to the public. The exhibition "Bryce Hammond: Stories" will be on display until January 28, 2012.