So Domestic is a slice of a broad body of paintings and drawings that explore the shifting and ambivalent nature of the home.
Both embracing and railing against the domestication of home life, this work struggles to find permanent residence. The American dream of owning a home is now an unlikely luxury for the working class; we rent instead of own, and speak of mobility as an asset and permanence as an anchor. Hottle presents the personal, romantic notion of a place beside its disheveled and bending reality, moving between the romantic and the mundane without deliberation.
Hottle’s work is part of a group of contemporary painters who are aiming to combine formal elements of modernism – color sensibilities, attention to surface and flatness, treating paintings as objects – with the technical and compositional structure of classical painting. The work brings a sense of majesty and grandiosity to the contemporary, everyday world.
I hope to build believable spaces that reshuffle our expectations in a way akin to dreaming or being hypnotized. Gravity can be denied. Straight lines wobble and threaten to bend. I think about the psychology of space, memory, and perception as it relates to a viewer’s reality. The studio acts as a site for experimentation and a point of departure, where perspectival interiors merge with unexpected leaps into remembered or observed phenomena and conventional space mashes with flattened abstraction and stylistic fancy. Feeling more kinship with a stagehand than a storyteller, I leave the final pivotal role of narration to the viewer.
These are stages for unseen painted events.
MFA in painting and drawing, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 2007
BFA with distinction in painting, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK 2003
Utrecht School of the Arts, Utrecht, the Netherlands 2002
2010 So Domestic, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 Stories, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Gallery, Seattle, WA
2010 So Romantic, Studio West, Eugene, OR
2010 100% Organic, Gallery Homeland, Portland, OR
2010 FOG: A Spring Group Show, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
2010 I Want To Feel At Home Here, Milepost 5, Portland, OR
2010 Departure Point, Garbageman Astronaut Project Space, Portland, OR
2009 Summer Introductions, Seattle Art Museum (SAM) Gallery, Seattle, WA
2009 West Coast Drawings VIII, curated by Norman Lundin, Davidson Galleries, Seattle, WA
2009 Considered Space, curated by Marjorie Hirsch, Archer Gallery, Clark College, Vancouver,WA
2009 Drawing is a Verb, Ouch My Eye, Seattle, WA
2009 Transactions, ARK Studios, Seattle, WA
2008 Grant Hottle at jáce gáce, solo exhibition, jáce gáce, Portland, OR
2008 Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI
2008 5 In The Pearl, Prem Group, Portland, OR
2007 Soft, curated by Kristan Kennedy, Tilt Gallery and Project Space, Portland, OR
2007 Recent Graduates, Blackfish Gallery, Portland, OR
2007 Oregon State Faculty Art Show, Fairbanks Gallery, Corvallis, OR
2007 MFA Exhibition 2007, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
2007 UO at DIVA, curated by Kartz Ucci and Kivarkis, Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts, Eugene, OR
2007 2nd Annual Student Art Expo and Sale, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2007 Advanced Methodologies: Drawing, Lauverne Krausse Gallery, Eugene OR
2006 2006 Mayor’s Art Show, Jacobs Gallery, Eugene, OR
2006 BRINK: Student Art Exposition and Sale, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Eugene, OR
2006 The Yard 2006, Eugene, OR
2005 War Drawings, Visual Arts Gallery, Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
2005 Place/Displacement, Flamingo Project Space, Eugene, OR
2005 31 Days, Lauverne Krausse Gallery, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2004 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Momentum, Oklahoma City, OK
2004 Co-Op, The Tower, Oklahoma City, OK
2003 Eleventh Hour, Wig Gallery, Pomona College, Claremont, CA
2003 Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Electric Summer Show, Stage Center, Oklahoma City, OK
2002 Utrecht School of the Arts, Juried Exhibition, Utrecht, the Netherlands
Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency – Artist in Residence, 2008
School of Architecture and Allied Arts Dean’s Graduate Fellowship, University of Oregon, 2007
Ralph Baker Memorial Award in Painting, 2005
2010 Visiting Professor of Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
2010 Adjunct Faculty, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
2010 Guest Lecturer, Marylhurst University, Portland, OR
2008 – 2009 Visiting Professor of Art, Lewis and Clark College, Portland, OR
2007 – 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
2007 – 2008 Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
2005 – 2007 Instructor, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
University of Oregon College of Education, HEDCO Education Building, Eugene, OR,
University of Oklahoma Permanent Print Collection, Norman, OK
The Tower, Oklahoma City, OK
Oklahoma Children’s Hospital, Oklahoma City, OK
Ox-Bow School of Art 2008
University of Oregon 2008
Lewis and Clark College 2009
Faigin, Gary, West Coast Drawings VIII at Davidson Gallery, www.artdish.com, July 17, 2009.
Lundin, Norman , West Coast Drawings – Drawings VIII Show Catalog, Koplin Del Rio Gallery and Norman Lundin, 2009. Full color reproduction.
Mahan, Timothy, Fog: A Spring Group Show Catalog, Half/Dozen Gallery, 2010. Full color reproductions.
Keefer, Bob, The Register Guard Arts, “Small Gallery Makes a Big Splash”, August 19, 2010.
Scheminske, Megan, Studio Visit: Grant Hottle, www.openwidepdx.com, March 14, 2010.