The October 2016 Solo Show was
by Mike Hagan.
September 28 thru October 29, 2016
Reception: Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Conversations with the printmaker: Mike sat at the gallery several days per week throughout the exhibit.
GUTTERS OFTEN HAVE DARK ASSOCIATIONS: Street-side rainwater, a guttering candle, the current vulgar levels of political discourse. Printed gutters are usually white: the spaces between blocks of printed text in newspapers, panels in comic strips, or blocks of stamps on a sheet. These spaces are usually white because it is less expensive than printing black ink on white paper. In fine-art printmaking, a dark gutter provides a creative opportunity for images and colors to emerge from darkness, just as musical sounds emerge from and are separated by silence. Mike Hagan’s newest works play with dark gutters in both abstract and representational ways. The solo exhibit also provides other related work in continued experiments with sequence, tessellation, halftones, and color spaces. This is his first exhibit in the Georgetown location of the Washington Printmakers Gallery.
Mike is previous President (2006-2009) and current Treasurer of Washington Printmakers Gallery. He is on the Executive Board of the Washington Print Club and a member of the Washington Print Foundation. More locally, he contributed to the Glover Park “Callbox” Project. He was awarded a Certificate in Printmaking from The Corcoran College of Art and Design in 1995 and exhibited with Corcoran faculty, students, and other members of the Washington DC printmaking community in annual printmaking portfolio group shows (1995-2002). The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Gallery K estate, the U.S. Library of Congress, and many private collectors hold his prints. Mike and his prints have also been a part of local community, national, and international initiatives including fund-raising efforts for Glover Park’s Stoddert Elementary School, American Diabetes Association, and Health Volunteers Overseas.
All artist proceeds from sales of Mike Hagan’s prints through Washington Printmakers Gallery go directly to Health Volunteers Overseas, a non-profit organization improving global health through education.
Visit Mike Hagan’s Artist Page on this website to see his artist’s statement, recent work, and a link to his website.