DRAWING LIFE by fred hatt


Healing Hands at CRS

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Healing Hands #11, 2010, by Fred Hatt

Tonight I’m hanging a new suite of drawings entitled Healing Hands for a solo exhibit at CRS, 123 Fourth Avenue  (between 12th and 13th Streets), NYC, second floor.  The artwork will be on view April 24 through May 26, 2010.  The opening reception will take place ONE WEEK LATER, on Saturday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:30.  On May 1 only, I will show a large selection of my work, in addition to the Healing Hands series, in the beautiful large dance studio at CRS, and at 6:30 I’ll be publicly interviewed by CRS director Yasuko Kasaki.  Details on the opening are here.

I got involved with CRS several years ago, through their performing arts program, Dharma Road Productions, directed by Christopher Pelham.  Dharma Road and CRS sponsor artists from Japan and other countries working in New York, and have become one of the city’s important presenters of butoh dance, action theater, puppet and clown theater and other forms.  I have studied butoh myself and have a long history of collaborating with dance and experimental theater artists.  Since many of these artists were performing at CRS, I had multiple occasions to work there and to get to know Chris and Yasuko.

Earlier this year, CRS renovated their studios.  They’ve added a full schedule of classes and workshops in dance, exercise and meditation, and they’ve appointed Satomi Kitahara as art gallery director.  I was honored to be asked to be the first artist to exhibit visual art in the beautiful new space.

The mission of CRS has always combined performing arts and visual arts with healing arts.  They host regular meditations and healing circles and provide working spaces for practitioners of various bodywork modalities.  Yasuko invited me to observe and sketch at healing circles, and the energy healers who work at CRS sat in meditation for me while I drew their hands.

Healing Hands #2, 2010, by Fred Hatt

If you’re in or near New York City, please join me at the Healing Hands opening on Saturday, May 1.  Please note, the work is on view starting April 24, but the opening reception is one week later, on May 1, 2010!

I also have two pieces in the exhibit Ten Years of Figureworks, which remains on view through June 6, 2010 at Figureworks in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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