“Falling”, Acrylic on panel by Robert Hardgrave

Robert Hardgrave


Acrylic on panel
8 x 10 inches

In 2005 I was turned on to a fun annual show that invited dozens of artists to make a 8×10 piece every day for 30 days. Each of the hundreds of works were displayed in a grid covering every wall of the space, and sold for $40 a piece, no matter the artist’s resume. That year, the show was held in the OK Hotel in Pioneer Square, and I was lucky enough to snag this piece by Robert Hardgrave, with a surreal take on graphic street aesthetic I’d been enamored with mostly in work I’d seen online. In years to come, I would get to know Robert as a figure in the Seattle artworld and more personally when we eventually collaborated in the exhibition series Turn, 2015-16.