Danielle Hacche

Danielle Hacche’s work is one of the most powerful examples of embodied elegance unfettered by any extraneous moves since the reign of the Abstract Classicists. A stunning integration between design and intuition makes for nothing short of an economic sense of execution with each and every piece. After all, few would deny that Hacche’s compositions create an almost Zen like quality of tranquility, balance and harmony. This is because of the perfect play of point and counterpoint, line and block forms, curvilinear and rectilinear passages, which are all woven together in her work through a sophisticated sensibility that dances across paper, merges with the canvas and even enriches the effects attributable to large-scale murals. 

All of the above are revealed whenever you encounter with Hacche’s work, which reveals a sure hand, an equality of measured intent and a democratic sensibility that opens itself up to a wide variety of art lovers --- and yet, for those engaged in the critical discourse of contemporary art, there is a weightiness behind the specificity attributed to every move in Hacche’s oeuvre that bespeaks a level of mastery rarely seen in the artworld today. This is because her aesthetic is truly hybrid, synthesizing so many of the programs of geometric art from the past into new and original configurations. 

What is particularly striking about how her art practice has developed over the years are the many ways that Hacche has been able to marry the qualities of scalability with intimacy, imprint with impact, and mechanical means with a powerful sense of poetics. For all of these reasons, Hacche has long been recognized as one of the Valley’s rare talents and as an art star who’s increasing recognition by the greater artworld is long overdue. She is, quite undoubtedly, one of the major figures who is redefining the discourse around the “New Geometricism” in the new century.

Bio: Danielle was born in Poole, Dorset in the Southwest of the United Kingdom. After moving to the United States with her family in 1993, Danielle attended New School for the Arts where she was able to focus on developing her style and craft in high school.  After graduation she pursued a foundation degree at Falmouth College of Art and Design back in England, and then went on the The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she completed her Bachelors of Fine Art. Danielle now resides in Phoenix, AZ.

With her new body of mixed media works, Phoenix based artist Danielle Hacche demonstrates her prowess with handling materials and rendering exquisite paintings with designs and patterns informed by early 20th century Modernist art and architecture, contemporary cultural production, and her sophisticated sense of color aesthetics. Her hard-edged line work recalls spiritualistic, theosophical theories of basic geometric shapes which influenced Modernist painters connected with the German Bauhaus like Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee. Her work also connects the viewer with window and furniture designs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School of Art with certain motifs of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Both Mackintosh and Wright were influenced by the British Art and Crafts Movement which began in around 1888 and flourished for more than three decades. The Movement emphasized the role of the maker, a return to a simpler way of life, and in fundamental improvements to the way ordinary domestic objects were designed and produced. Workshops were established in large English cities, as well as in more rural regions including Cornwall/Southwest England where Hacche resided before immigrating to the United States and settling in Phoenix. 

The works in this exhibition strip away references to representational form and provide abstracted designs which seem familiar whether in an archetypal way or in provoking a longing for less cluttered, more simplistic and peaceful times and places.