July 25, 2024


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Akron Soul Train artist Gregory Hatch weaves pop culture into wool | Arts & Culture

Tarot playing cards, vintage cartoons and drag are just some of the influences in Gregory Hatch’s get the job done showcased in the Akron Soul Coach‘s CapSoul gallery in Downtown Akron by way of July 9.

Hatch works in the medium of needle felting, using undyed and obviously dyed wool.

“I use incredibly hot, soapy h2o to shrink the wool fibers collectively,” he said. “I use a barbed needle device to compress the fibers with each other to make the imagery.”


“Hobhole!” is one of Gregory Hatch’s moist-felted pieces on display at the Akron Soul Practice gallery. [Akron Soul Train]

Hatch has located that felting allows him to create illustrations or photos using the perception of depth and dimension within the substance – one thing he discovered in parallel with his career as a performer.

“When I started performing drag, and I started off performing makeup, I began understanding the notion of highlights and shadow. [Using] my facial area as that canvas and comprehending how to render and transform my bone structure by means of the use of make-up is basically what helped me be a much better drawer. It produced it substantially extra arms-on and it just manufactured it adhere in my head for as soon as,” he explained.

The Portage Lakes indigenous realized felting whilst he was a pupil in the late 2000s, and suggests it was the initial medium through which he could “make the points in my head look in front of me.”

Quite a few of his pieces at the gallery share the motif of a considerably primitive, virtually cartoonish specific – which inspired the title of this show. “That’s All, Folk” is an homage to Looney Tunes as perfectly as to folks traditions.

“I adore titles, and I likely have way much too considerably enjoyment with [them]. It truly reveals my artwork history, nerdy aspect when I make titles: pretty poor inside of jokes that possibly never make significantly sense, other than to me,” he claimed.

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The Akron Soul Coach is web hosting its second yearly Users Exhibit at its gallery in downtown Akron, by July 9. [Meryl Engler / Akron Soul Train]

“I choose large inspiration from cartoons and comics and visible culture,” he claimed.

He especially cites artwork he observed at the Akron-Summit County library procedure although growing up as perfectly as Akron’s WPA-commissioned murals.

“I assume we’re seriously lucky all these excellent pieces are however current and nonetheless in their primary location.”

Yet another piece which enchanted Hatch as a baby was the evening sky ceiling at the Akron Civic Theatre – which is across the street from the Akron Soul Train’s CapSoul Gallery at 191 S. Main Avenue. It is open Wednesday via Saturday from 11 a.m. until eventually 4:00 p.m.

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