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Humor dominates as renowned artist Charlie Hewitt radically transitions

 Jim Kempner Fine Art announces Charlie Hewitt’s 14th solo show with the gallery – Charlie Hewitt: New Work. It will open May 19, 2022 and run through June 30th.

This new body of work includes large canvases, prints, light sculptures and drawings inspired by the decades of doodles Hewitt unconsciously drew on his daily calendar pages while conducting his daily business affairs. The work feels spring- loaded, as pipes twist and time bombs threaten detonation, their elements about to burst from the walls.

“Charlie and I have worked together for 30 years. I feel that this new work represents the most honest, raw, unfiltered art I have seen from him,” said Jim Kempner, owner of the eponymous gallery. “There’s a beautiful simplicity and power in this new body of work. It is full of humor, boldly created in the face of an increasingly polarized, anxious and violent world.” 

“What I like best about them is that they are funny,” stated Hewitt. “There is an element of humor that comes from my doodles. It is hard to find that in art, and humor is a big part of what art is about to me.”

Hewitt is most recently known for Hopeful, a public art project the artist created with sculptures and billboards. To date, the Hopeful project has spread with installations across seven states at dozens of different sites, both public and private. The project has inspired hundreds and hundreds of letters and emails from members of the community speaking. Nurses, teachers, people both young and old have written to Charlie about the optimism and compassion his project has inspired in a world overwhelmed by covid fatigue, extreme political and economic polarization. This widely recognized project has appeared in television, radio and in various other news outlets. 

Hopeful light sculpture will be part of this latest exhibition, as will other monumental light sculptures. The sculptures are ” full of life and light,” he said. “They are full of fun – a panacea for the complexity of our current state of things.

IVOX NEWS :: SOURCE Jim Kempner Fine Art

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