I work with a range of media with an interest in the perception of a mediated world and paintingâ€™s role as a record of image and emotion. The resulting artworks are often humorous explorations of how objects and images are depicted and perceived. I am interested in creating artworks and working with materials that suggest a desire to present beauty and wonder tinged with melancholy informed by an appreciation of the difficulty in conveying meaning and sentiments through art. I draw from the history of art, especially examples of modernist paintings that in some way engage with mechanical reproduction, to inform my fabrication of artworks and exhibitions seeking to express the research and process of fabrication of the artworks whilst simultaneously alluding to the transformative and suggestive implications of art making.
Levi Hanes (b. 1977 Oregon, USA) lives and works in Belfast, Northern Ireland. A practicing artist for over 25 years, Hanes continues to exhibit internationally. In 2018, he completed an Irish Research Council Practice-based Ph.D. on slapstick comedy in contemporary art at the Huston School of Film & Digital Media/Moore Institute, University of Galway having received his Master of Fine Art with Distinction from the Glasgow School of Art and a Degree in Fine Art from the University of Oregon. He is the recipient of several arts awards including Arts Council Northern Ireland, Hope Scott Trust Artist Project Bursary and the Arts Council, Ireland Visual Artist Bursary.
Solo exhibitions include: Forthcoming title TBD, CBS Gallery, Liverpool, UK (2023); â€˜Ballsâ€™, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow, UK (2017); â€˜Balls & Thingsâ€™, Platform Arts, Belfast, UK (2017); â€˜Thingsâ€™, 126, Galway, IRL; Untitled, Intermedia, CCA, Glasgow, UK (2013); â€˜The Passengerâ€™, La BÃªte, Glasgow, UK (2010); and a MFA residency exhibition, Tramway, Glasgow, UK (2009).
Group exhibitions include: â€˜Postcardâ€™ Platform Arts, Belfast, UK (2021); â€˜Symbiosisâ€™ Catalyst Arts, Belfast, UK (2017); â€˜Glasshouseâ€™ Glasgow International, UK (2016); â€˜Materialityâ€™, University Gallery, NUI Galway, IRL (2015); â€˜CologneOFFâ€™, Torrance Art Museum, LA, USA (2014); â€˜Thick, turgid and lacking in soothing oilâ€™, Ormston House, Limerick, IRL (2013); and â€˜Glueballs and Winosâ€™, Glasgow Project Room, Glasgow, UK (2012). Hanesâ€™ artworks are in corporate, public and private international collections.