A Visual Coexistence of Words and Images in New Show by Michael Hachey

January 21, 2020
By: Worcester State University News

Writing and art, words, and abstraction—these inform Michael Hachey’s solo exhibition at the Mary Cosgrove Dolphin Gallery. The exhibit opens Feb. 6 with a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. with an artist talk. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

For some time, Hachey’s artmaking and writing have evolved separately, prompting his puzzlement over the relationship of one to the other. The drawings on exhibit suggest not a mixing or melding or word alongside image, but rather a visual coexistence, a counterpoint of abstract script, frenzied mark-making, and layered text.

Words and letters resolve and dissolve; they weave, drift, and spill across the paper, depicting a graphic movement of near wordless thought and feeling.

Read an interview with Hachey on the Artful Lancer, the Visual and Performing Arts blog.

A professor at WSU since 1992, Hachey teaches courses in fundamentals of design, painting, and cross media.

He has also presented solo exhibitions at the Worcester Art Museum, the Hewlett Gallery of Carnegie Mellon University, the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, the Cantor Art Gallery of the College of the Holy Cross, and the Fitchburg Art Museum.

Hachey’s art earned recognition via the Gibson Faculty Art Award from WSU, the Prize for Works on Paper from the ARTSWorcester Biennial, a federal government Art-in-Architecture Commission, and project grants and fellowships from the New England Foundation for the Arts, and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation.

Wits’ End runs until March 6 during regular Gallery hours: Tuesdays through Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, 1-5 p.m., or by appointment. Contact the Gallery at (508) 929-8651 or gallery@worcester.edu.

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