Hardee Center for the Arts
Past Art Exhbits
The Hardee Center for the Arts is an art venue which aims to serve the public by featuring the works of both local and national talent. It is our goal to enrich community culture by offering a new exhibition each month of emerging and established artists.
The gallery opened in September 2009. Exhibitions are scheduled a season in advance. For exhibition questions and information, please contact: Lisa Thompson at (850) 973-1642 or email email@example.com
"Freak Scene" Exhibit by Jeff Distefano
Exhibit: Now-Oct. 30, 2014
Reception & Artist Talk: Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014, 11:30 a.m.
ARTIST: Jeff Distefano | Tallahassee Florida Artist
grew up in a family obsessed with movies. My earliest paintings often employed
iconic film imagery. In my more recent work
I have tried to both expand
on and distance myself from that
original catalyst. I copied foreign posters for the American films I loved or
made paintings with black marks scrawled
over the surface. Scraps of text became both a method of
exploring meaning and a visual element. I posed friends in front of film
posters, exploring the tension between my “real” and “imagined” worlds. One of my college
professors introduced me to the California Bay Area painters like Richard
Diebenkor and Elmer Bischoff. The energy of those works, the tension between
the figurative and the abstract, the planned and the spontaneous, continues to
speak very deeply to me. I am also drawn to Bonnard, Soutine, Verhoven, Doig
– expressive figurative painters with a rich sense of color and imagery.
collecting images, first as physical torn scraps, and now more often as digital
files, is an important part of my process. Much of my painting from the last
three years is based on found photographs, often dealing with ideas of
subcultures and group dynamics. The push for me has been to explore the
possibilities of the image beyond its original context and source.
Gallery Hours - Hardee Center for the Arts (Bldg. 11)
FALL TERM 2014:
- Mondays/Tuesdays: 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
- Wednesdays/Thursdays: 9 a.m.-4 p.m.