The opening of Valerie Hegarty’s show last night in Chelsea was a lot of fun. Hyperallergic’s editor Hrag Vartanian rightly pointed out the “Looney Toons” quality of her carefully crafted destruction. There’s just something zany and delightful about the decay. I first found out about Valerie Hegarty and her work at a 2010 Brooklyn Museum 1stfans event (my 1st) where I got hooked up with this hilarious 20x200 print.
Hegarty’s “Fallen Bierstadt” is currently hanging in Brooklyn Museum’s American Identity’s gallery.
Tangentially, I was later invited to do an art project for the now-defunct @1stfans twitter feed. Brooklyn Museum was good enough to archive all the tweets from the project here. There’s also a link there to a blog post which explains the project.
Marlborough Chelsea, 545 W25nd St., NYC
Hegarty’s depiction of destruction is a departure point to examine larger issues of erasure, repression, the uncanny, metamorphosis, death and rebirth. Hegarty painstakingly crafts her works from foam core, papier mâché and ink-jet prints on canvas that she then paints, carves, twists, drapes, amputates, and grafts to create mutated originals where the fictional disasters behave as a catalyst for the works coming back to life. - thru May 5,