ARTIST'S STATEMENT The artwork on the site represents the past several years of studio work. These works investigate surface, depth and movement. All inquire about physical states of place and matter. The picture plane provides immersion and monumentality with references to forces of nature. Waterfalls, explosions, murky pools and gases emerge from concrete, plaster and enamel, lacquer and acrylic paint on panels, plywood and canvas. The activity is more aligned to jazz than preconceived effort. In that sense the work is a participant in what is possible with each picture. This approach is deliberate in an attempt to render ethereal spaces. THOMAS MERCER HARTMAN For forty years Thomas Mercer has worked on museum projects. He has designed and installed hundreds of installations in art, culture and history for a broad number of museums. His work has included master planning for museums, curatorial development and exhibition planning and design. Selected clients include Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Seiyu Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, The Getty Conservation Institute, Harvard University Art Museums, Chicago History Museum, Huntington Museums & Library, La Plaza de Cultura y Artes, and Papalote Museum, Mexico City. EDUCATION M.A. Degree, 1974, Environmental Design California State University, Fullerton B.A Degree, 1972, Art & Design California State University, Fullerton PROFESSIONAL TEACHING Full Time Lecturer, 1989-1993, Industrial Design, Environmental Design, Masters Advisor University of California, Los Angeles Part Time Lecturer, Design, 1986, Exhibition Design Otis Parsons School of Art and Design Full Time Lecturer in Art, 1973-4, 2D and 3D Core classes Part Time Lecturer in Art, 1975-80, Environmental Design, Exhibition Design California State University, Fullerton PROFESSIONAL WORK IQ Magic, Founding Partner, 1995-present. UCLA, Wight Art Gallery, Director of Design, 1984-1989 L.A.X Studios, Design, Founding Partner, 1976-1984