This past Saturday, September 28th from 7 – 10 PM, crowds of locals from Los Angeles and Santa Monica poured into Mash Gallery for the opening of Women, Chaos, and X by Santa Monica based painter, Maggi Hodge. The event featured over 40 paintings by Hodge, which immediately sold out within the three-hour opening.
Maggi Hodge, a local artist, and widely beloved community member has shown at art fairs in Laguna Beach, Westwood, Santa Monica, and Marina Del Rey, California and is a part of numerous private collections. She works almost exclusively with acrylics in her large abstracts. For smaller canvases, she often employs mixed media—oil pastels, ink, and acrylics.
Laura Hull, a fine art photographer who works closely documenting Maggi’s work shares, “Hodge examines our politically, emotionally and sexually chaotic world with bold brush strokes, rich, dynamic color, and raw, unfettered gestures…. These myriad layers of the feminine state engage oppositions historically and culturally represented by the letter X. At once affirming and negating, an expression of acceptance and then rejection, X not only protects, it exposes. It’s hot and cold nature reflects both the female state and the chaos it confronts on a daily basis.”
Mash Gallery’s programming seeks to support a myriad of local and international artists at all levels of their careers. Mash’s owner and director, Haleh Mashian, states, “Maggi’s work has such a presence – the energetic and sensory experience of these paintings draws you in. It’s truthful, honest and it expresses the intangible knowing within. Creating space for authentic artists like Maggi is the reason I opened this gallery, and we look forward to future collaborations with her.”
Women, Chaos and X will be on view at Mash Gallery from September 28 – November 2, 2019. Gallery hours include walk-in times from 12 – 6 PM from Tuesday – Saturday and by appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org.