Simpson Gallagher Gallery
You are cordially invited to the opening reception of
Under Western Skies: Paintings from the Cody Nite Rodeo
by John Hull
Friday, June 6, 2014 - From 5 to 7 in the evening

When I was invited last summer to be an artist in residence at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West I immediately agreed. I figured I could do whatever they wanted me to do during the day but that my own personal goal was to spend 15 straight nights making drawings and taking photographs at the Cody Nite Rodeo. In general, I am interested in rodeo because it is one of the few enduring American institutions that is in touch with its origins. In particular, the Cody Nite Rodeo provided me with a continuous opportunity, over a two week period, to develop painting ideas based on the everyday experiences of the people who worked and participated in the rodeo. I deliberately chose not to depict the drama and excitement of the various rodeo events. I wanted to describe what went on before and after those events. To reveal lives of the rodeo folk through their conversations and moments of introspection and to show their capacity to endure, to be possibly better than they hoped they could be and feared they might not be. I believe it is in these interstitial moments both the accidental quality of human experience and the machinery of character are revealed. It in these quiet places that we can, perhaps, glimpse the unforeseen miracle of love.

—John Hull



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