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.