JOSEPH HART - ANGEL ERROR
Auguts 3 - 21, 2013 | Opening reception: Saturday, August, 3 6-8 pm
79 Newtown Lane | East Hampton | New York | 11937 | 631.604.5770
HALSEY MCKAY is pleased to present Angel Error, Joseph Hart’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Hart will present a suite of new works on paper alongside a series of oil paintings on canvas.
Hart’s work is an amalgamation of premeditated and spontaneous mark making, instinct and restraint, effort and error. Utilizing drawing, painting and cut-paper collage, his work is structured around cursory gestures: errant dashes, quick lines, scrawls, swoops and zigzags. This set of preliminary and exploratory maneuvers are then built upon, reconfigured or impulsively edited out until a composition begins to emerge. In his paper pieces, smaller scale drawings are often grafted directly into larger works, interrupting the initial picture plane while also reactivating it. The results are abrupt but retain a compelling and provocative elegance.
Adaptation and balance play critical roles in the artist’s practice. Direction and orientation (vertical, horizontal, or other) typically remain in flux throughout Hart’s process, facilitating discovery through attempt. Moments of aesthetic beauty are evened by calculated blemish and visual apathy. Areas of careful consideration and casual awkwardness are forced to co-exist. Through this democratization of components and ideas, Hart emphasizes the relationships between turmoil, tension and harmony.
Originally from New Hampshire, Joseph Hart is a Brooklyn, New York-based artist. His work has been exhibited at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle, Paris; Cooper Cole,Toronto; Galleri Tom Christofferson, Copenhagen; Alexander & Bonin, CRG Gallery and Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery in New York, among others. Hart’s work has also been included in notable shows at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Santa Monica Museum of Art and The Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts. He has been featured in periodicals such as FlashArt, Modern Painters, and The New York Times. Hart holds a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design.
ANNE-LISE COSTE - HAIKU
HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY is pleased to present Haiku, a solo exhibition by Anne-Lise Coste.
...one of the advantages of the haïku was that it enabled language to cast off
‘the empirical yoke which reduces it to being merely a system of communication.’
L’EMPIRE DES SIGNES, Roland Barthes, 1970
The artist will present a body of new airbrush and gesso paintings on canvas. Coste’s paintings liberate text, image and mark from narrative obligations, just as the haiku frees language from its systemic constraints.
Floating between abstract marks, text and art historical reference to Miro, Picasso, Pollock and Twombly, Coste’s paintings are each executed in a single sitting and act as an unfiltered index of her thoughts in the studio. Coste finds truth in the moment. This allows her to write, spray, paint and scribble on her terms, free from the restraints of grammar or syntax. Her freehand improvisations offer refreshingly light-hearted perspectives on matters of the heart in the human condition, rendering Death, Confusion, Sex and Anxiety palatable.
Come see them.
Anne-Lise Coste was born 1973 near Marseille, France and currently lives and works in New York. She studied in Marseille at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and in Zurich at the Hochschule fuer Gestaltung und Kunst. Recent shows include 11 Rivington, New York; Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle, Bonn, Germany; Fundacio Caixa Madrid, Spain; Esslinger Kunstverein, Esslingen, Germany; Museo de Bellas Artes de Santander, Santander, Spain.
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HALSEY MCKAY GALLERY | 79 Newtown Lane | East Hampton | New York | 11937 | 631.604.5770