Conduit Gallery presents Billy Hassell: "Threshold" opening reception
Billy Hassell is known for painting and printing multi‐hued natural wonders of the American Southwest; his language to speak to the earth’s vitality. These images, on canvas and paper, capture the regional wildlife of his native Texas, and beyond. His passion for preserving the beautiful scenes of the outdoor world extend to conservation, donating artworks to organizations like The Nature Conservancy, Ocean Conservation, and Audubon Texas, for use in fundraising efforts.
"Threshold" is a continuation of Hassell’s preoccupation with birds as a motif, which he has moved into as a statement on climate change, almost in the face of climate denialism. The controversy, whether human beings are affecting the climate, or how much, is what the body of work alludes to by showing us the glory of what it has given us to begin with. Not necessarily an overt political action, the paintings are evocative depictions of earth’s natural wonders, rendered beautifully by the artist. An invocation to consider what this beauty is, and whether we consider it to be in danger or not. Many of Hassell’s subjects are migratory pollinators native to Texas. Some paintings have reduced pallets, to suggest that color is being lost as we progress into our age of human intervention.
Following the opening reception, the exhibit will be on view through July 13.