For our fall exhibition, Themes+Projects presents, “As Memory Serves” by American artist Randy Hayes. The exhibition contains a combination of large scale installations, created by grids of
painted photographs, that are mounted to canvas or meticulously pinned to the wall.Hayes inspiration began years ago, while exploring his photographic contact sheets. Feeling that the sheets served as narrative memory, Hayes experimented with methods of painting a primary images over a grid of photographs. To him, the images under the painted surface appear, or fade away, in the same way of his own recollections.
A native of Mississippi and a graduate of the Memphis College of Art, Randy Hayes spent several years in Boston as a free lance scenic artist worked for the PBS television station WGBH. In
1976 he moved to Seattle where he spent most of his career.
In 2013, Hayes established a new studio in Mississippi. He has received awards from the Tacoma and Seattle Art Museums, and the Flintridge Foundation in Pasadena. He is a past recipient of the
Visual Arts Award given by the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters. His work is included in numerous public and private collections, including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in
Chicago, The Mississippi Museum of Art, and the United States Department of State. Museums that have exhibited his work include the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the New Museum