I had the pleasure of recently curating an exhibition of artwork by the multi-talented Michael Lindsay-Hogg. Time Alters All: A Retrospective of an Emerging Artist (curated by myself and presented by Apart Projects) opened to the public with a reception on June 12, 2012 in a pop-up exhibition space on Melrose Ave. in the heart of West Hollywood. The event was hosted by Town and Country Magazine, Shane Guffogg, Jay Fielden, Julian Sands, Jason Schwartzman, Nona Summers, Tara Summers and Gloria Vanderbilt.
Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s striking and enigmatic work teeters the line somewhere between naïve art, raw psychological expressionism and self-taught representational art, all with an underlying sense of extremely dry humor. This exhibition aims to draw the audience into the vivid psychological portraits, drawings and sculptures created by Lindsay-Hogg over the past decade. Portraying curious and mischievously resplendent characters—both real and imagined—in salacious and anecdotal arrangements, the work illustrates a fundamental tension, eroticism and innocence implicit in a world continually extant with human drama. Channeling the spirits of Max Beckmann, Howard Finster (minus the biblical references), Paul Klee and Sienese Gothic artist Master of the Osservanza, Lindsay-Hogg’s highly individualized style utilizes a flat picture plane without much perspective and purposefully disharmonious, yet oddly beautiful, color combinations to depict the relationship of figures and elements in a scene to emphasize the multivocal narrative. Untrained and unconventional, Lindsay-Hogg employs a multitude of different media including painting, drawing and assemblage made with oil, acrylic, charcoal, ink and pastel on canvas, board, cardboard, newsprint, postcards and found objects. As Dubuffet said, these works were “created from solitude and from pure and authentic creative impulses – where the worries of competition, acclaim and social promotion do not interfere.” This is Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s first solo exhibition.
Sir Michael Edward Lindsay-Hogg has been an acclaimed writer, director, playwright and artist throughout his life. A pioneer in music videos, Michael Lindsay-Hogg directed videos for The Rolling Stones for fifteen years (including the iconic Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus), The Who and The Beatles. He directed The Beatles final public performance and film, Let It Be, as well as the award-winning Graceland with Paul Simon, shot in Zimbabwe. On stage, Lindsay-Hogg has directed and won accolades for many original productions, including a Tony Nomination for Best Director for Whose Life Is It Anyway? Lindsay-HoggÊ¼s film and television credits include Brideshead Revisited, Waiting for Godot, The Object of Beauty (starring John Malkovich and Andie MacDowell), Anton Chekov's The Seagull, Tom StoppardÊ¼s Professional Foul and Guy (starring Vincent DÊ¼Onofrio). He has been awarded numerous accolades such as Best Director by BAFTA, Best Picture and Best Director awards at the Cairo International Film Festival and Best TV Drama on the prestigious British arts program The South Bank Show. Lindsay-Hogg's memoir, Luck and Circumstance: A Coming of Age in Hollywood, New York, and Points Beyond, was published in the fall of 2011. Michael Lindsay-Hogg lives and works in Los Angeles.
The exhibition is located at 8618 Melrose Ave., and will be open June 13 - 22, 2012: Wednesday - Friday 11 am - 4 pm, Saturday 12 - 5 pm and by appointment.