Offsite Gallery Alpha/Beta by Trotter Hardy and Caroline Garrett Hardy
With references to Japanese artistic traditions, Chinese robes and Tibetan iconography, Caroline Garrett Hardy and Trotter Hardy take a radically different approach to art, but share a strong common theme: a fascination with Asian culture, as expressed in art and spirituality.
Replete with symbols and narrative suggestions, Caroline’s kimonos are characterized by a profusion of colors, textures, shapes, symbols and words echoing Japanese design aesthetics. Seeking to surprise viewers with the unexpected beauty of ordinary and otherwise unexceptional things, her wildly colorful designs expand aesthetics in new and surprising ways.
Trotter Hardy’s photographs reflect a calm and minimalist single-mindedness akin to simple Japanese and Chinese ink brush drawings that were, often created by Buddhist monks. Through a subtractive process, images are paired down, distractions are removed and the subject is reduced to fundamental elements of tone, texture and pattern.
Both seek visual harmony with spiritual connections, shared visual terminology, and mutually experienced subjective responses that draw attention to the elegance of ordinary things. The combination of luxuriantly organic kimonos and dense imagery creates an urgent sense of captured, fragile beauty: all is paper and all is fleeting. The duo’s evocation of nature and tradition is a reminder of cultures thousands of years of duration, set in a timeless, natural world.
Caroline Hardy received a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MA from Ohio State University and an MFA in Printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Caroline’s artwork has been exhibited in Berlin, Germany and at numerous galleries across the region. Works can be found in rare books and private collections to include the Vatican Museum in Rome, Italy, the home of General Anatoly Kuntsevich in Moscow, Russia, The Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Windsor Castle in England and the Brooklyn Museum of Art in NY.
Trotter Hardy received a BA from University of Virginia, an MS from the American University in Washington, DC and JD from Duke University. Trotter’s photographs have been exhibited in Germany, Delaware, Minnesota, and Texas, and at numerous galleries and museums throughout the region.