MFA thesis exhibition, Hans Gottsacker, April 19th-24th, 7th Gallery, Humanities Bldg
In Hard to Hit, I am directly exploring my Midwestern roots and that which contributes to my social makeup as a Midwestern male artist. I am interested in recreation and male forms of communication and bonding. Sports, hunting, religion, and bar culture are all a part of the physical and social strata that contribute to the exhibition. Physical artifacts and raw material are taken from these concerns and manipulated as a way to discover how fellowship, brotherhood, and competition contribute to the human condition. I am particularly interested in the primitive human desire and ability to simultaneously cooperate and compete and the role of the autonomous wild psyche when submitted to a pack.