Joanna O’Donovan (curator) and I talk about the sites of the paintings featured in the exhibition; The Landscape Thinks Itself In Us.
I was in a show this past september in Philadelphia, called Five Dudes: Artwork and Booze. It was deftly curated by Matt Maloney at 2424 Studios on York St. in Fishtown. The exhibition featured artwork from Ron Johnson, Shane Leddy, Matt Maloney, Michael Xander and myself.
The exhibition space was huge. I brought along a bunch of old drawings, thinking they may come in handy in the show. The space really called for something big, so I stapled a bunch of drawings to a wall, which you see here. It was a unique opportunity and a fun way to bring new life to old artwork. I sold a small oil painting at this show. Many thanks to my brother Ian Hefele for taking the show down.
This painting documented a space that was 50 meters from the gallery. We tried to query the audience for a title, but that effort was largely unsuccessful.
Oil on canvas
Totnes is a ‘Transition Town,’ yet this view of the East Gate along the high street remains largely unchanged over many years.
Oil on canvas
With this painting, I started to see neglect and abandonment in a cyclical perspective.
Oil on Canvas
Oil on Canvas
Constance Merriman and I collaborated on this photo experiment which we exhibited in the Landscape Thinks Itself In Us show in January 2010. It will be showing at the Exchange in a more intimate format from February 5th until April 17th. The exact same video file is posted below to Vimeo. I heard they have better quality video.
Nice party on January 21st, 2010. Dartington College in Devon, England. We had roughly 50-60 people over the course of the evening.
I want to go. I am researching schools and programs for the next few months. If you have any suggestions that you think I should know about, please leave me a comment!
Superficially, I am interested in applying to Tyler School of Art, Yale, and Upenn.
I’d like to find a program that is receptive to painting w/ an ecological focus. I am not interested in going somewhere that will say “You need to take painting out of the square man! The wall hegemony is fascism!” Already experienced a pedagogy that advocates tearing down conventions, and I found it to attack the very core question of meaning itself. I would be a post-modern self referencing ironic artist if it didn’t make me so apathetic!
I want to be in an environment that nurtures and challenges my painting without being close-minded to the more radical ideas I learned at 3 Rivers 2nd Nature.
It wouldn’t hurt if they paid me to go too. (Takes Yale out of the running for sure)
Just a quick note to point out that I’ve update the artworks section with long overdue navigation improvement. You can now view my artwork in 4 separate galleries; paintings, drawings, works on paper, and
collages. And I put little arrows above each work that advances the image gallery.
No more web mazes to navigate just to see some of my work! Feedback is always appreciated.