Making Room, the latest body of portrait and still life works from Kris Hargis, arrives at a transformative moment for the artist. Having spent the last eighteen months at Boise State University in Idaho where he is pursuing a Master's degree in Fine Arts, Hargis' time in this environment sees him enriching his practice and delving deeper into familiar subjects.
Always superbly delicate, his vases of dried and wilting flowers and plants bristle with still finer detail. His self portraits are similarly sophisticated- Hargis conjures much humanity in his economical strokes of color. Thinly applied washes of oil and watercolor act as a translucent veil between exterior and interior- beating heart and coursing blood are just barely out of sight. Bright blue eyes seem to return this invasive gaze. Hargis notes that isolation and inclusion are both present in these works- alone, but seeking recognition, an invitation to commiserate.
Also included are three small sculptural works made of clay, wood, wax, bone fragments and other varied materials. These objects, roughly figurative, transmit much of the pensive life of Hargis' expert markmaking on paper to this newer media by way of a shoulder's slump, a head's thoughtful cant.