Jay Hendrick has been experimenting with ways to make a painting through a process he calls “stretch and restretch.”  He decides how large a painting is going to be and then using stretcher bars that are often too small for the overall canvas, stretches a portion of the canvas, makes a painting, and then moves the stretcher bars to another spot. The final painting is an amalgamation of many paintings. Jay Hendrick also thought about how to involve the local community of painters with his studio residency. He asked painters Pat Goslee, Mei Mei Chang, Kathryn McDonnel, Matt Pinney, Becca Kallem, Amy Hughes Braden to collaborate with him on paintings. Hendrick  gave each of these artists his paintings to work on. When the paintings came back to his studio, Hendrick worked on them again. Questions of authorship and intention are central to his investigation as well as curiosity.  “I paint to learn,” says Hendrick. “The painting resembles a living thing. To paint is to understand paint in the same way that to live is to understand how to live.” The flexible, inventive ways that Hendrick approaches painting may reflect a direct relationship to his small town Texas upbringing. How to resist and challenge conditioned responses are operational challenges behind his investigation of painting. The grid acts as a stabilizing system that can be poked, prodded, and dissolved. The canvas can be folded, stretched again, draped, or thrown on the floor.  There can be one artist or two or more making one painting. “Each time, I have to deal with what came before,” Hendrick says. This holds true for both painting and life.

About the Artist: Jay Hendrick (born Lubbock, Texas) lives and works in Fairfax, Virginia. His work has been shown in the United States, England, and Japan. He was featured in New American Painting 106. He received a Bachelor of Applied Studies and Bachelor of Fine Art from Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. Hendrick received a Masters of Fine Art from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. He teaches at Northern Virginia Community College in Annandale, Virginia. In 2017 he will exhibit his work at Trestle Gallery in Brooklyn, New York and will be a resident artist at the Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia.


About the Fleur and Charles Bresler Residency: In honor of VisArts patrons, Fleur and Charles Bresler, VisArts invites applications and proposals from local, national, and international artists for a four month residency at VisArts at Rockville. This residency provides a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual artist or collaborative artist team to create a new body of work, evolve an existing body of work, or develop a project in a stimulating, supportive environment. Studio space is provided free of charge. The residency encourages interaction, dialogue and exploration both within the VisArts artist community and the larger Rockville community as well. The residency offers the gift of time and space to three artists and/or collaborative artist teams each year to experiment and realize new work. The current Bresler Resident Artists present their work in a solo exhibition at VisArts.

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