Tim Harding

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TIM HARDING

Artist-in-Residence

 
 

My Time In Wassaic

 
 

Please write a paragraph (or a few!) about your time here in Wassaic. You should say a bit about yourself, where you came from, how you got here, what media you like to work in typically, and what you chose to work on while you were here in Wassaic. Then talk about what Wassaic means to you, how it influenced your work, and what you might want others to know about Wassaic. Write from the heart and write in natural language. We want people to get to know you through this work. Be sure to embed hyperlinked words within these body paragraphs, so that we can link out to your portfolio site, exhibitions, movements, etc. Have fun with this!

 
 
 
 

 
 
 

Interview

By Drew Broderick, May 2018
 

Where do you call home?

Fort Worth, TX.


What is one good thing that has happened in the past 24 hours?

Visited Mass MoCA.


Why do you make art? Have your reasons changed over time?

I am at a point where I cannot imagine doing anything else with myself. There is no other thing I want to do. I wouldn't say my reasons have drastically changed from when I was a late teen and began to approach art as a serious endeavor. What has changed is my awareness of the art community I am a part of, and making work that exists in conversation with the work of others.


What is a song that you never tire of listening to?

Mountain Song by Jane's Addiction.


What have you been reading lately? Thoughts?

Last thing I read was The Luminous and the Grey by David Batchelor. I've been thinking a lot about color, how it exists in the world and how I want to employ it in my work.


What drew you into the contemporary art world?

I love all aspects of sports, especially the competitiveness and pageantry. I see a lot of similarities in the contemporary art community. Contemporary art can be seen like a game; you spend a bit of time figuring out the rules and play along or work against them. It can be fun, competitive, and frustrating. I love it.


How would you describe your work/practice to a total stranger? To a friend’s 5 year old child? To a grandparent?

Paintings gone awry.


What are your studio essentials? What is something unexpected a visitor might encounter?

My staple gun is a must. My lack of an easel, palette, or paint brushes.


Influences: we all have them regardless of whether or not we acknowledge them. Who or what currently inspires your work?

People like Frank Stella have interested me for quite some time, and many of the other hard edge and minimalist artists of the mid-twentieth century. The Southern California Light and Space artists and their interest in the viewer's perception of objects and location. A range of current artists and their thoughts/methods; Laura Owens, Theaster Gates, Jeff Elrod, Ruth Root, Byron Kim, Francis Alys, so many others.


What were your intentions for this residency and how have they changed since being at the Wassaic Project?

My intentions for this residency were to explore a new body of paintings and allow the new location, routines, and people to impact my work and habits in unexpected ways. I wouldn't say my intentions have changed since I arrived. I'm in the midst of exploring the work that I intended to.


What role does community play in your work, and how has community shaped your experience of this residency in particular?

Community doesn't greatly impact my work on a day-to-day basis anymore. Working in my studio in Fort Worth is generally a solitary experience with little feedback or interactions with others. That is one of the main reasons I wanted to come here. I was anxious to be around other actively working people and see how their processes, or generally interactions could impact me. I've quite enjoyed building a relationship with others. It has allowed me to bounce ideas around, and give my own feedback of their work.


How has place influenced your time at the Wassaic Project, and where is your favorite “spot” in Wassaic?

The barn is such an incredible building. The more I've explored it and traced, or at least attempted to trace, its history is really interesting. I try to imagine what it was like in its prime, the bleachers in the auction arena and the small diner just off that room. What the studio areas were like. It is such a rich, interesting place.


What will you take away from this experience, and what will you leave?

I hope to take away a rejuvenated work ethic that breaks me of old habits and supplies a freshness to my day-to-day working methods. I want to leave my mark as an artist who contributed to the spiritual growth of this community. I've served as an education fellow and have had a fun time working with kids from the area. My hope is that when they are older they will appreciate what this residency, with the various artists and teachers that have come through, have provided for them. It's such a unique opportunity and something I'm proud to be a part of.

 
 

Contemporary art can be seen like a game; you spend a bit of time figuring out the rules and play along or work against them. It can be fun, competitive, and frustrating. I love it.
— Tim Harding
 
 
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Photos by Walker Esner