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Sam Hewitt Solo Exhibition

Infraculture 

 

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"Infraculture": The hidden, unacknowledged information about how to live in a society. The rules for breaking the rules. The belief that something is true even though the evidence for it has not been examined. Ideology. The plumbing and cables behind the walls of our behaviour. The reason the world is being destroyed.

Private View: 06.09.19 (RSVP Only)

07.09.19 - 26.09.19

The title refers to the intergenerational trauma encoded into the myths and actions of fathering. 
The title refers to the actions and attitudes boys may inherit from their fathers; taking them on as our own despite our situations being different from theirs and requiring different strategies.
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The behaviours my grandfather put in place to cope with the pain of his childhood, became the cause of the pain with which my father learned to cope. My father’s coping mechanisms, in turn, shaped much of my habitual behaviour.
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"the individual who wishes to have an answer to the problem of evil as is posed today, has need, first and foremost, of self-knowledge, that is, the utmost possible knowledge of their own wholeness. They must know relentlessly how much good they can do and what crimes they are capable of, and must beware of regarding the one as real and the other as illusion. Both are elements within their nature, and both are bound to come to light in them, should they wish - as they ought - to live without self-deception or self-illusion.” -  C G Jung
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Infraculture Press Release

“INFRACULTURE” - A solo show of oil paintings by Sam Hewitt

The exhibition runs from 7th-29th September 

Dynamite Gallery - 13 Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Sam Hewitt paints people in cities and the thing about people in cities is that they have developed ways of coping with living so close to each other. Those coping strategies are known to all of us but we rarely think about them. Hewitt’s paintings are in themselves coping strategies to deal with the overwhelm of input. Paintings of frozen moments in a crowd in which the subtle exchanges of information between people can be examined. He then projects his own assumptions onto these exchanges and titles the works accordingly. This nudges them into representations of his internal workings as well as those of the urban populace. Almost as if there is no distinction.

Infraculture: The hidden, unacknowledged information about how to live in a society. The rules for breaking the rules. The belief that something is true even though the evidence for it has not been examined. Ideology. The plumbing and cables behind the walls of our behaviour. The reason the world is being destroyed.
Sam Hewitt is 47 and has lived and worked in Brighton for all of his career, fascinated by the light hitting the colourful folk and casting such long shadows. 

“Hewitt is a magician with a paintbrush. The Brightonian king of artistic misdirection, and with a damn fine colour palette. Brighton has a great artist in its midst, one we should enjoy together.” - Christopher Spring - Art in Brighton