August 3rd, 6-9pm



Please join us for the Arrival and Opening of ”Beating to Windward” this Friday galleryHOMELAND is proud to present a solo show of Portland’s very own Jesse Hayward! Jesse Hayward has been working and exhibiting in the Pacific Northwest for over 10 years.  As a champion of cutting edge installations and interactive paintings, Hayward has been challenging himself and his viewers into new realms of thinking.

The title of his exhibition, Beating To Windward, is a sailing term that describes the act of sailing a boat upwind.  As a child who was repeatedly shipped off to sailing camps in the summer, Hayward became familiar with this term.  Although camp routine consisted of nursing orange sodas while sneaking off under the docks, he was nonetheless dutifully trained in the basic tenants of sailing. One nautical fact alone blew his mind as a child and it still does today.  People can sail upwind. Through cleverness, a sailor can move up into the wind blowing back against the sails.  As a child he thought, “How on Earth?”  Now he thinks, “What a Metaphor!”  Apparently, when our intellect is properly coupled with craft and technique. We not only protect ourselves against adversity but we may actually harness the inherent power within an obstacle to move ourselves through that obstacle.  It turns out that life’s obstacles can be used to fuel our future victories. As for the paintings in this show, they are abstractions based on those long summer days living in ropes and sails, watching the wind and weather.  Jesse Hayward, July 21, 2012

Born in 1973, Jesse Hayward earned a BFA from Pomona College in 1995 after fist studying art at Phillips Academy Andover.  Hayward went on to receive his MFA from California College of Art in 2002. His work has been exhibited at Southern Exposure and Eleanor Harwood Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and at PDX Contemporary Art and The Jupiter Art Fair in Portland, OR.  In 2006, Hayward’s work was included in the Oregon Biennial at the Portland Art Museum.  His work has been reviewed in The Oregonian, PORT, PDX Magazine, Willamette Week and the Portland Mercury.  Hayward was short listed for the Portland Art Museum’s Contemporary Northwest Art Award in 2008 and exhibited a collaborative installation at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s 2009 Time Based Art Festival.  Most recently, Hayward curated a group show of Portland art for the University of Oregon’s White Box Gallery, tackles his solo exhibition at galleryHOMELAND, and continues to blaze upwind.

MORE INFO: event is proudly sponsored by Widmer Brewing, Ford Food and Drink, and The Historic Ford Building.

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