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Joe Hengst

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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Ohio
Birth year
1991
Lives in
San Francisco
Works in
San Francisco
Schools
Columbus College of Art and Design, 2011
San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI)
Tags
landscape, surrealism, traditional, Illustration
Statement

HUMANS RELY ON NATURE TO SURVIVE BUT WITHIN OUR PHYSICAL EXISTENCE WE HAVE STARTED TO RELY ON OUR FABRICATED SOCIETY, AND IN OUR GRADUAL INCLINE OF ARTIFICIALITY WE HAVE FORGOTTEN NATURE. EVEN THOUGH WE ARE A PART OF NATURE WE TRY TO CONTROL IT, SYNTHESIZE IT, AND IN TURN WE ARE STARVING OUR BEINGS. MOST OF US HOLD NATURE AS AN IDEAL PLACE WE CAN VISIT, OR COME AND GO AS WE PLEASE BUT THE MIND, THE BODY, AND NATURE ARE ALL PART OF THE SINGULARITY THAT IS THE UNIVERSE. THESE PAINTINGS DEPICT OUR PRESENT ATTEMPT TO LEAVE NATURE AND THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING ELSE ENTIRELY.

THE PHYSICAL EXPERIENCES WE INTERACT WITH TODAY ARE PERCEIVED BY MINDS, SOME MORE OPEN THAN OTHERS, THAT RESIDE IN THIS NEWLY FABRICATED SOCIETY. HENGST’S WORK IS JUST A SMALL PIECE OF THE BLUEPRINT OF WHAT REALLY HAPPENS BENEATH, AND IN-BETWEEN, THE SURFACE OF THESE PHYSICAL INTERACTIONS. HENGST IS REPRESENTING OUR DEPARTURE FROM NATURE THROUGH THE ETHEREAL PLANE, OR THE SPACE BETWEEN OUR PERCEPTIONS OF EVERYDAY LIFE. HOPEFULLY, THESE PAINTINGS ARE DEPICTING THE BIRTH OF SOMETHING NEW AND BEAUTIFUL.

JOE HENGST WAS BORN IN CLEVELAND, OHIO IN 1991. HE STARTED HIS SCHOOLING AT COLUMBUS COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN AND RECEIVED HIS BFA FROM THE SAN FRANCISCO ART INSTITUTE IN 2013. HE CURRENTLY LIVES AND WORKS IN SAN FRANCISCO