Paintings by Michael Hall seen at Locanda, San Francisco - I Hold You Tight To Keep You Safe

I Hold You Tight To Keep You Safe

The Banded series came about from contemplating the dynamics of protection and control. When Michael first encountered bird banding he was immediately struck by the conflict in the action. It is ultimately a protective act but also intrusive and stressful for the bird. Much like the protective dynamics in a relationship. The titles reflect the juxtaposition of the power plays and intentions found in parental or amorous relationship. Sometimes we hold too tight, sometimes not enough.

Meet the Creator

Michael Hall is an artist and educator whose work is concerned with finding empathy and complexity in situations that are often polarized and oversimplified. As an artist whose perspective was strongly shaped by his family’s military heritage, he looks to add a more nuanced approach to necessarily critical but discordant conversations. Through painting and participatory works he addresses these dynamics within a larger, multi-faceted cultural context: one of complicated family webs and communities, structural pedagogy, systematized aesthetics and the tenuous space between control and protection.

Hall is a recipient of both a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant and a MFA Fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts. His recent Bay Area solo exhibitions include Patricia Sweetow Gallery, Southern Exposure, SF MOMA Artist Gallery and Blankspace Gallery. His work has been featured in group exhibitions nationally and throughout California as well as numerous online and print publications, including New American Painting.

He was born in San Diego, California to military parents and has lived around the world in Japan, Russia, England, and France. Hall received his BFA from the California College of the Arts and his MFA from Mills College. He currently lives and works in Oakland, California. Since 2003, he has taught at Creative Growth Art Center, where he began the first video production class for artists with developmental disabilities. Additionally, he teaches painting at Mills College, UC Berkeley and has participated on the curatorial board at Southern Exposure in San Francisco. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing at California State University East Bay.


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