Jack Hastings & Arlyn Ende
October 6 - November 10, 2012
Opening Reception: October 6th, 6-9 pm
Conversation with the artists: October 5th, 6 pm
The Essence of Our Ticking, a joint exhibition of the works of Jack Hastings and Arlyn Ende, captures and crystallizes the range, depth, and diversity of two artists whose creative partnership spans five decades. The title, from one of Jack's poems, alludes to the nature and heart of their journey.
Jack: "I began my career prepared to paint frescoes, with training in Mexico where I was privileged to observe Diego Rivera at work. The influences of that ancient culture impressed me with the relationship between art and architecture, which became the aesthetic that remained the basis and focus of my life's work as a sculptor. My materials range from clay to stone to metal, and I invent the tools and methods to shape and bring them to life."
Arlyn: "I spent a dreamy Southern childhood as an incessant scribbler and stitcher whose imagination matured under the influence of Matisse, Klee, and contemporary Scandinavian designers. I build my two-dimensional designs from myriad individual pieces of colored materials, fitting them together as a slowly revealed puzzle. My abstract imagery arcs toward metaphor, and is often inspired by Jack's writings."
In travel and sojourns in Europe and cities across the U.S., they left their sculptures and textiles permanently installed in schools, parks, hospitals, office buildings, houses of worship, banks, and private residences. Awards in design competitions, and shows in galleries and museums provided additional creative latitude and economic foundation for developing new ideas.
As Hastings and Ende see it, the meaning of art- even if the artist doesn't think about it - stems from the artist's way of life. Someone once asked "Does one live for the sake of art? No, the reverse is true. Art is for the sake of life." Together or separately, they have lived on dredge boats, tow boats, in converted warehouses, in an old pottery factory, on Manhattan's Bleeker Street and Upper East Side, on an island, in a handmade Arizona adobe, and on a hillside farm. Deepwoods Studios are now their home and workplace, situated on a wooded hill overlooking a lake in Sewanee. Inside this serene ecosystem these "elders of the tribe" continue to experience life and create their artworks with the daily reminders that beauty and possibility are found in every place and in every phase of being.