COOPER COLE is pleased to announce a two-person exhibition featuring new paintings and works on paper by artists Mark DeLong and Joseph Hart.
Through a series of new oil paintings on canvas, Mark DeLong continues his examination of Modernist inspired tendencies. A vibrant palette, graphic shapes, and thick impasto collide to reinterpret classic motifs: the human figure, landscape, a still-life arrangement, or an off-kilter Rube Goldberg machine. A premium on composition and design are evident in DeLong's paintings, showing careful (albeit casual) consideration for color relationships, movement and rhythm.
Similarly fascinated with the impact of compositional hierarchies, Joseph Hart presents a cohesive suite of works on paper that incorporate a variety of approaches including painting, drawing, and cut paper-collage. With an emphasis on gestural line and form, Hart creates visual moments that are alternatively calm and chaotic, that push and pull, ultimately leading to awkward yet resolved configurations. Layering color and marks, folding, cutting, editing, destroying and building back up the image play essential roles in his practice. Where DeLong's geometry and heavy use of color dominate the picture plane, Hart's aesthetic restraint simplifies it, producing thoughtfully scrawled abstractions that explore impulse, boundaries and incidental versus articulated mark making.
Mark DeLong (b. 1978 in New Brunswick) is a self taught artist working in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, sculpture and video. His work has been displayed at Colette, Paris; Bee Studios, Tokyo; Spencer-Brownstone Gallery, New York; Abel Neue Kunst Gallery, Berlin; Perugi Art Contemporenea, Padova, Italy; Museum Of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto; LES Gallery, Vancouver; Little Cakes, New York; and COOPER COLE in Toronto. Delong has collaborated with such artists as Paul Butler, Jason McLean, Jacob Gleeson, and Geoffrey Farmer. His work has been seen in Border Crossings and Canadian Art Magazine and he has published books with Nieves, Switzerland; Seems Books, and TV Books in New York. DeLong currently lives and works in Vancouver, Canada.
Joseph Hart (b. 1976 in New Hampshire) is a Brooklyn, New York-based artist. He received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1999. Hart's paintings and drawings have recently been exhibited at Galerie Vidal Saint Phalle in Paris, and Halsey Mckay Gallery in New York. Hart's work has also been included in notable group exhibitions at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, Santa Monica Museum of Art, Alexander & Bonin, CRG Gallery and Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery in New York, amongst others.