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MTS Gallery Spotlight – Interview with Hal Gage

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The following is an email interview with Hal Gage, photographer and MTS Board member. This is the first of a series of interviews of MTS Gallery supporters, artists and also Trailer Art Center Board members. Stay tuned for more “Gallery Spotlights”….

How would you describe yourself and what you do?
I am a photographic artist that sometimes works in mixed media. My photographic art usually revolves around long projects such as my Ice project and my most recent series on trash.


What is your current role with MTS Gallery?

I am a board member and serve on the economical feasibility steering committee as will as on the gallery committee.


How did you first become involved with the MTS?

I have been involved in one form or another with the Mobile Trailer Supply property since Bruce Farnsworth first identified it as a possible art space. After the founding board established the nonprofit a couple of years ago I was asked to serve on the newly expanded board.

What do you like most about being a part of the MTS Gallery and the Trailer Art Center?
The chance to help create a multi-disciplinary art center in Anchorage that will serve all of Alaska.

Have you had any work shown at the gallery and/or been involved in any performances?
I was one of a three person show that inaugurated the gallery (Harold Wallin, Gretchen Sagan and myself). I don’t do performance art, but I try and attend all the performances and document them in photography for the galleries archives.


How long have you been a photographer? How did you initially become involved with photography?

I have played with photography since high school, but my interests were always in drawing and painting. While studying painting at UAA in the 70s my painting mentor, Marc Bourassa, got me interested in photography and showed me that it could be used for creative self expression. I have been hooked ever since.


What inspires you to do your work?

Life, light and the shadows in between.

Can you tell part of the story about the Trailer Family and how the Trailer Art Center got it’s name?
No. I’ll not contribute the the wild rumors flying about.

What show are you most excited about to see/be involved in at the MTS Gallery this year?
“Words and Pictures” opening November 21, 2008. Curated by myself and Bruce Farnsworth, it will combine visual artists working in a narrative vein and writers working pictorially.

Are you a Mountain View resident? How long have you lived in Alaska and where did you grow up?
I was born and raised in Anchorage. I lived in Mountain view for a couple of years back in the 80s.


If you had a vision for a transportation solution in the greater Anchorage area, what would it be?

Jet packs.

What, in your opinion, makes a good artist?
Clean living, standard portions of fruits and vegetables and a strict adherence to the good book (The Big Book of Art, ISBN-13: 978-0060832858)

Any other comments?
“You crazy kids. What will you think of next?”

Thanks to Hal Gage for taking time for this email interview. Want more info on his work? Visit http://www.halgage.com

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June 21, 2008 at 1:09 am

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