Valerie Hegarty, Satisfying Her Own.

Couldn't have said it better myself; review of Valerie Hegarty's work in "Molding / Mark-Making" group show at Dorsky Projects. 

"Satisfying her own curiosities for decay and environmental exploitation, Valerie Hegarty pushes the medium to explore current issues in creative ways that make use of what the curators call “clay’s transmutable nature.” Inspired by photographs of watermelons exploding out of their own skin, having been injected with too much growth hormone, Hegarty has sculpted “Bowl of Peaches with Holes.” A rendering of a still life in ceramic form, the piece is a vibrant composition of fruit in a bowl — except riddled with black and brown pockmarks, which spill out of the fruit themselves and have begun eating away at the table, the negative space and even the “picture frame” itself.

“Molding / Mark-Making” — some of whose artists will join the curators for public discussions on Feb. 11 and 25 and March 18 — is a thrilling exhibit for its relatively modest size." 

-Neil Chiragdin for Queens Chronicle. 

Valerie Hegarty in Dorsky Gallery

Valerie Hegarty is in a new show called Molding / Mark-Making: Ceramic Artists and their Drawings at Dorsky Gallery curated by Margaret Matthews-Berenson and Allison Peller. It is on view at Dorsky through March 25, 2018. 

The exhibit points toward the development of ceramic as fine art rather than craft:

         For the artists in Molding/Mark-making, the lure of the ceramic medium is more allied with the primacy of touch, intent, and innovation that with strict adherence to standard exceptions or vessel forms. They also use clay's transmutable nature in a metaphoric way to explore conceptual themes and issues-politics, nature, the environment, climate change, the body, gender identity and more.      

-Dorsky Brochure

Bowl of Peaches with Holes

Valerie Hegarty + University of Michigan Exhibit

The University of Michigan enjoyed American Berserk in our Chelsea gallery space so much that the exhibit has been restaged at the University of Michigan's Institute for the Humanities. The curators made an engaging video for the show based on a studio visit via Skype. Valerie Hegarty: “American Berserk” is on view in Ann Arbor through December 20. 

Valerie Hegarty in N+1

Valerie-GWwithBranches

Thea Riofrancos' essay "Democracy Without the People" just appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of N + 1. The feature is accompanied by an image of this incredible work by gallery artist Valerie Hegarty.

Valerie Hegarty, George Washington with Branches (detail), 2016, canvas, wood, paper mache, wire and acrylic paint.

Exploding Watermelons, Post-Trump Art and the Indigenous American Berserk

Exploding Watermelons, Post-Trump Art and the Indigenous American Berserk

Burning in Water is pleased to present a series of videos in conjunction with American Berserk, a solo exhibition of new work by the Brooklyn-based artist Valerie Hegarty. The videos feature a walk-through of the exhibition by the artist in dialogue with art historian Marisa Kayyem.