"High All Day" at VAC 

Artist and BW contributor Noble Hardesty has been laying low in the local scene for the past few years. Known for his cartoonish figures and vibrant use of color, Hardesty's latest large-scale body of work will debut at the group show "High All Day" at Visual Arts Collective on Friday, Aug. 6, at 7 p.m. alongside pieces from Wil Kirkman, J. Lee and Jeff Baker.

"It's been years since I've had a show here," said Hardesty.

Hardesty's five new large-format paintings--each 6-and-a-half-feet wide by 3-feet tall--feature notably darker subject matter, with names like Halo of Flies.

"I've been listening to a lot of metal," Hardesty noted, laughing.

According to Hardesty, the most striking thing about his new work is the sheer size.

"You're going to be able to tell what it is from 50 feet away ... It's kind of in your face and accosting you," said Hardesty. "You have to give it some attention."

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