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Joshua Hagler

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Dear Friends, I'm happy to be writing to you from Trondheim, Norway, a small, remote city and ancient Viking capital which receives very little daylight during the entire month of December. This is part of the draw for me as I make new work in a studio donated by LKV, where I am in the company of about 36 fellow artists from Norway and other parts of the world.It's hard to believe that I will be exhibiting already this Friday at Galeri Babel, just down the street from LKV, with New York ar... [more]
As X Approaches Infinity  
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Usuna & Kristie Alshaibi, Nate Boyce, Torsten Zenas Burns, Paula Catao, Animal Charm, Walker Dukes, Volkan Ergen, Gigi Gatewood, Sabine Gruffat, Kaliptus, Jason Livingston, Austin Muller, and Aaron Oldenburg, Lauren Orchowsk, RKDB, Adam Wier at Krowswork December 12th, 2009 - January 11th, 2010
Posted 2/5/10
Krowswork The “hyper aliveness,” as my former painting instructor liked to call it, that artists, from time to time, are privileged enough to experience in the pursuit of a vision, rarely survives in the work itself, let alone in the re-contextualization that occurs in the dubious function of the group exhibition.  Perhaps because I was unprepared for the experience, that such caprice occurred during the opening of the group show, “As X Approaches Infinity,” the debut curatorial effort at Krowsw... [more]
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Questioning Purity: Joshua Hagler at Frey Norris  
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Joshua Hagler at Gallery Wendi Norris February 5th, 2009 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 2/10/09
(Author's note: The following is an excerpt from a story published on my blog, Arteaser)   Finally, I made my way over to Frey Norris Gallery for the opening of Joshua Hagler's "72 Virgins to Die For": Hagler's powerful paintings and installations explore notions of purity and violence across various settings: His work suggests a darker truth to the pursuit of purity: Hagler draws on religious, historical, social and gastronomic references: The show is on display through February: --Dormain... [more]
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Ever Heard of a Ritual Killing?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Joshua Hagler at Gallery Wendi Norris February 5th, 2009 - March 1st, 2009
Posted 2/9/09
        It's not all blood, guts, and glory. Sometimes: it's just blood and guts. In Joshua Hagler's exhibit at Frey Norris, he explores the myth and fetishization of the unreal purity of the "virgin" through very graphic and sometimes obscene renderings of religious sin. The virgin in history has been the martyr. A human sacrifice to God. They give themselves unto another (in marriage, this other is the flesh and not the deity) and are constantly idolized as pure creatures. If this giving-u... [more]