Oglethorpe University Museum

Atlanta, GA




Randy Hayes: The World Reveiled


"Randy Hayes: The World Reveiled" will run from November 7 through December 19, 1999 at Oglethorpe University Museum.

"Hayes depicts figures-usually women-who are veiled, turned away, or partially hidden by what they are wearing. The identity of these figures, some of whom are brides, is shaped by the fact that they are obscured, hidden," said art critic John Yau, who has also authored the book The World Reveiled published in conjunction with this exhibition. "In these works Hayes has shifted his interest in gender and identity to something more elusive. Is the veiled woman a type? an icon? or are we all veiled, no matter who or what we are?"

Randy Hayes was born in 1944 in Jackson, Miss, In 1968, Hayes received his B.F.A. from the Memphis Academy of Arts (now Memphis College of Arts) after attending Rhodes College from 1962-65. Hayes had his first solo exhibition in 1971 at the Penryn Gallery in Seattle, Wash. In 1972 his work was featured at the 23rd Annual Mid-South Exhibition at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art. In 1975 Hayes received a WGBH New Television Workshop Grant in Boston.

Hayes has continued to exhibit his work in galleries in Seattle and Memphis, Tenn. In 1984, Hayes won the Betty Bowen Memorial Award in Seattle, In 1987 he had an exhibition at the Tacoma (Wash.) Museum. In 1988 he was awarded a WESTAF/NEA Regional Visual Arts Fellowship. In 1990 he was awarded the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Visual Arts Award. His work is also part of the collections of the U.S. Department of State, Microsoft Corporation, the Seattle Art Museum, the Tacoma Art Museum and the Mississippi Museum of Art.

"Carefully assembling a grid of actual photographs as the ground on which he paints, Hayes not only fuses aspects of photography and painting in a formally innovative way but also provokes the viewer to reconsider their relationship to each other, and to time, both as something passing and as something stopped," said Yau.

Images from top to bottom: Apollo Bunder, Bombay, 1998 oil on photograph, 20 x 16 inches; The World Reveiled, 1998, oil on photolinen, 48 x 38 inches; Dying Delta Day, oil on photographs, pushpins, 80 x 110 inches.

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