exhibition archive

Vanitas

by Joseph Hart

September 11 - October 24, 2008




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images above from left to right:

Drawing Against Itself No. 2, 2008, collaged paper, ink, acrylic, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 38 x 28 inches

Big Smile, 2008, collaged paper, ink, acrylic, colored pencil and graphite on paper, 28 x 22 inches

Funny Feeling, 2008, collaged paper, ink, acrylic and graphite on paper, 13 x 10 inches

The Wild Project is pleased to present its second exhibition, Vanitas, an installation of works on paper by Joseph Hart. Fusing painting, drawing, and collage techniques, Hart focuses on the language of display. His detailed renderings of museum vitrines and his delicate reinterpretations of classical floral still lifes examine how beauty is idealized and value is assigned to objects. In Drawing Against Itself No.2, images of busts, heads and other artifacts sit atop sharp lines as if they were the proudly speared conquests of a primitive ritual. In Funny Feeling, shards of color extend across an obsessively drawn backdrop of graphite mimicking a botanical still life on the brink of extinction. Hart!s elegant images highlight the significance of viewing history through artifact.

Originally from New Hampshire, Hart lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. Most recently, his work was featured in the New Talents section at Art Cologne, and in Here And Elsewhere, an exhibition of emerging artists at The Bronx Museum of the Arts. He also recently served as a jury member for the 2008 Scholastic Art Awards, a national scholarship program for young artists. Hart's mixed media works on paper have been exhibited at Galerie Markus Winter in Berlin, Galleri Loyal in Stockholm, Galeri Vidal St. Phalle in Paris, Klaus Von Nichtssagend in Brooklyn, as well as Alexander & Bonin, Freight + Volume and CRG Gallery in New York.

The Wild Project, a new environmentally conscious venue for contemporary theater, film, and visual arts, is dedicated to supporting the arts by offering space and resources to emerging artists. Our programming intends to cultivate a supportive artistic network, explore innovative and thoughtful approaches to art making and by doing so enrich the local community.

For more information please contact Curator Hilary Schaffner at 212. 228.1195 or info@thewildproject.com.

The Artist

Born in New Hampshire (1976)
Lives and works in New York

solo exhibitions:

2008 Vanitas, The Wild Project, New York, NY
2007 Beautiful Balance, Galerie Vidal Saint – Phalle, Paris, France (catalogue)
2007 Priority Index, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
2006 The Belief Signal, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden

selected group exhibitions:

2008 Cover Version, Taylor de Cordoba, Los Angeles, CA
2008 Accident Blackspot, Freight + Volume, New York, NY
2008 I Declare This War Is Over, Triple Base Gallery, SF, CA
2008 Accident Blackspot, Galerie Markus Winter, Berlin, Germany
2007 Pulp Dream, 33 Bond Gallery, New York, NY
2007 W.I.P., Galleri Magnus Aklundh, Malmo, Sweden
2007 Here and Elsewhere, The Bronx Museum of The Arts, Bronx, NY (catalogue)
2006 Forth Estate Editions, Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2006 CRG Presents: Klaus Von Nichtssangend, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
2006 You Have To Be Almost Gifted To Do What I Do, Alexander & Bonin, New York, NY
2006 Don!t Abandon Ship, Allston Skirt Gallery, Boston, MA
2005 Selected Drawings, Klaus Von Nichtssangend, Brooklyn, NY
2005 Loyal And His Band, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden (catalogue)
2005 Greater Brooklyn, CRG Gallery, New York, NY
2005 The Hissing of Summer Lawns, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, NY
2005 Young Mountain, Sharon Arts Center, Peterborough, NH (catalogue)
2005 Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere, Galleri Loyal, Stockholm, Sweden
2005 Flanuer , Punch Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 Dude Ranch, SPACE 1026, Philadelphia, PA
2004 Gondola Mayo Funnel, Mimi Barr Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2004 East River, New Image Art Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

education:

1999, Rhode Island School of Design, BFA

awards / honors:

2008, Art Cologne / New Talents, selected artist, Cologne, Germany
2008, Scholastic Art Awards Jury Member / Division of Printmaking and Drawing, New York, NY
2007, AIM Program, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, NYC
2006, Advocate Arts Presents / Guest Speaker, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2005, Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, 2005 Residency Fellowship, Ithaca, NY

selected bibliography:

Chu, Ingrid, “Accident Blackspot”, Time Out New York, August, 2008
Stern, Steven, “Joseph Hart / Fragments”, Seems Books, July, 2008
Apenest Vol. 2, Contributing Artist, April, 2008
Losser, Ernest, “Where The Pieces Fall”, FV Magazine Vol.2, 2008
Ribas, Jaos, “The Reeductaion of The Un-Artist”, Here And Elsewhere Catalogue, April, 2007
Brown, Nick, “The Art of Storytelling”, COLOR Magazine, October, 2006
Hot & Cold Vol. 4, Contributing Artist, 2005
Alessandrelli, Irina Zucca, “Larisposta di Brooklyn alla Grande NY”, Flash Art, August - September, 2005
Amy, Martin, Kristian,” Loyal And His Band”, Loyal Books Vol. 1, 2005
Printed Illustrations,The New York Times, various dates, sections and authors

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