Hodges Taylor is pleased to present TOM STANLEY: en route to here, a solo exhibition featuring a selection of paintings and works on paper from the past two decades. en route to here is Stanley’s second solo exhibition with Hodges Taylor, the prior in 2003.
Stanley’s work, layered and elusive, is more self-portraiture than abstraction. His skilled sgraffito, a scratching technique, use of flattened perspective, repeated motifs, and humility with regard to color constructs a narrative that is both personal to the artist and familiar to its audience. Stanley reveals richness out of the ordinary. He builds humanity out of the manmade. You could find every man and any man’s story on his canvases. A man of purposeful words and a believer in the community that art coalesces, Stanley recites the underlying message behind his drive to create: “We all have the ability to think with our hands and our eyes. We have to continue to find ways to utilize that and it might be in new ways we haven’t thought of before…it’s what humanizes us.”
Beginning with the series en route to hamlet, referencing Hamlet, a small town on Highway 74 in North Carolina, the series surveyed in this exhibition punctuate the last twenty-something years of the artist’s journey. en route to here, another mile-marker, invites us to see a selection of Stanley’s stops from the mid-1990s to today. For Stanley, there is no roadmap or exit sign in eyesight. And you might have to get there by boat. But for now, we are all en route to here.