Artist talk with David Haughton,

Artist talk with David Haughton, "The Puppet Masters – Making Fools of Us All"

13 Jan
  • [PAST] January 13th, 2024
  • 12-1:30pm
  • 110 3RD AVE S Seattle
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Artist talk with David Haughton, "The Puppet Masters – Making Fools of Us All"

David Haughton will be hosting three artist talks to discuss the creation of the works in his January exhibition, "The Puppet Masters – Making Fools of Us All" and why he finds it important to exhibit them now. Please join us for a discussion on Friday, January 5th 4-5:30PM, Saturday, January 13th Noon-1:30PM or Saturday, January 20th 11-12:30PM.

The Puppet Masters – Making Fools of Us All (2024) is intended to provoke thought, promote discussion, and send a warning. Six years ago, David Haughton, an expatriate American who was born and raised in the US, was horrified by the rise in visibility of hatred-filled white nationalism and was compelled to begin painting. Following the 2016 US presidential election, he created an Angry White Men series, which portrayed the inchoate rage of unnamed men – men whose images were captured by media videographers and photographers at various alt-right rallies across the USA and throughout Europe. Haughton exhibited the first twelve works at Gallery 110 in September 2018 – to both acclaim and controversy. He responded, “In depicting these frightening people, I did not intend to glorify them, nor their beliefs. Rather, I was warning of the danger they posed while exposing the underbelly of US and European society. I paint these works to express my sadness at what is happening in the world. I paint to reveal it. I cannot stop it. Neither can I simply stand by.”

Haughton continued to paint, coming eventually to a much deeper understanding of what was catalyzing this phenomenon. In two subsequent Vancouver exhibitions he expanded his series in number, size and complexity of image; the show emphasized a need to train ourselves to stand fast and stare down those who threaten others. For him, his paintings became a painful reality on January 6, 2020, nine months before the greatly expanded series was first exhibited in Vancouver, BC (October 2020).

Now, with another critical US election looming, Haughton returns to Seattle, with new and more urgent warnings, offering a representative selection of the series he finds helps clarify, in paint, why things are falling apart. He introduces two additional distinct groups of ‘actors’ on the stage: the Puppet Masters – cynical men who manipulate hatred for personal power and profit – and second, their Puppets – men driven to lone-wolf violence. Haughton argues that the men in this first category are the truly evil, the men who most need to be called to task: people like conservative media celebrities, Canadian far-right internet bloggers, radio & cable talk-show hosts, white supremacist leaders, and former American Presidents. He warns anew: “The Puppet Masters are making fools of us all.”

The Puppet Masters – Making Fools of Us All will be on display at Gallery 110 from January 4 – 27, 2024. Gallery hours are Thursday – Saturday from 12pm – 5pm and by appointment.

Gallery 110

  • 110 3rd Ave S Seattle, WA
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