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SMC|Pete and Susan Barrett Art Gallery|Exhibits


Santa Monica College

Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery - 2013-2014

Located in the Santa Monica Performing Arts Center

at 1310 11th Street & Santa Monica Blvd., Room 101

Tel. (310) 434 3434 or visit:​ 

Gallery Hours: Tuesday to Friday (12 – 5pm) & Saturday (11am – 4pm)


An exhibit of works on paper, Drawing and Painting.
Exhibit opens: February 18 to March 29, 2014
Reception: Saturday, February 22, 6 - 8 pm


Artist Statement

            My work explores the limits of the visual language created to reify that which is troublesome to depict and thus dependent on illustration.  The symbiotic relation or fusion of environment and figure, the passage of time, and the glow of light signifying celestial intervention.  Drawing inspiration from music history, national geographic, fashion magazines, electronics catalogues and art history; my work traverses the visual vestiges of an imposed collective consciousness in search of meaning, unity or at least overlap.

            I'm interested in the slippery quality attached to the language of advertisement that seems to expire the moment it's produced.  My landscapes and figures dwell within that rich aftermath; reproducing and reconfiguring to create alternate environments with re-contextualized echoes of the vaguely familiar.  Weaving together watercolor washes, acrylic, graphite and oil, I strive to create layers that defy space while simultaneously creating pockets to fall into.

            I construct Images and narratives derived from a psychotic reality that has lost visual coherence.  My work explores the psychedelic mass of seemingly available and inexhaustible visuals and histories.  I'm fascinated in our shared visual lexicon and it's state of continuous construction that becomes denser and more impenetrable through constant development, re-visitation and re-appropriation.  

            I see excitement in such traces because they simultaneously offer universality, superficiality, and an underlying sense of truth.  I'm drawn to the loaded quality of such imagery and want to leave elements of it within my work, ghosts that cannot be predicted nor controlled because the plethora of histories, references and connotations could never be covered.  The crime scene that yields mismatched fragments or clues within the wreckage of a collapsed building.

Carlson Hatton was born in San Diego, California and attended the Cooper Union in NYC where he received his BFA in 1997.  He later completed a Masters program at the Ateliers in Amsterdam and a Laureate program at the Jan van Eyck academy in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  Hatton recently participated in an arts residency program at Da Wang Culture Highland in Shenzhen, China and has an upcoming exhibition at the Ruth Bachofner Gallery in Santa Monica.  He teaches drawing full time at Santa Monica College and lives and works in Los Angeles.



The Recycler, acrylic and graphite on paper, 60” x 88” 2012
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Stacked Head High or Higher, acrylic/graphite on paper, 12”x15” 2013
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Putting out Fires with Gasoline, acrylic and graphite on paper, 88”x 60” 2013

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2. 35th Annual Santa Monica College Photography Exhibit -
Annual Juried Exhibition of works by SMC Photography Students

Exhibit Opens: April 21 to May 3, 2014
Reception: Saturday, April 26, from 6 to 8pm
Gallery closed April 14 to 20
3. Art Department Student Exhibition -
Featuring student works centered on the SMC annual Global Initiative Theme, Peace and Security; Managing Conflict and Violence in a Turbulent World.
Exhibit Opens: May 20 to May 31, 2014
Reception: Friday, May 23, from 6 to 8pm
Gallery closed May 26
4. SMC Mentor Program in the Arts Exhibition -
An interdisciplinary, studio-based art program exploring a variety of art forms, contemporary concepts and professionaldevelopment opportunities in the art world.
Exhibit Opens: June 10 to June 21, 2014
Reception: Saturday, June 14, from 6 to 8pm