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Date

Apr 21 2024

Time

11:00 am - 3:00 pm

HOVEY BROCK, DANIELLA DOOLING and VALERIE HEGARTY at CAS

Catskill Art Space is pleased to announce an exhibition of new work from Hovey Brock, Daniella Dooling and Valerie Hegarty. The three artists examine the destruction of environmental change, offering a foreboding warning to audiences. Amidst the devastation, the artists create a platform for dialogue between us to reduce that toll. From those shared experiences can come community, and ways of responding collectively to the climate crisis.

Hovey Brock’s Crazy River is a call for awareness of the environmental degradation the artist has witnessed in Frost Valley and the West Branch of the Neversink River in Ulster County, NY. Crazy River is about the loss, anger, fear, and disorientation Brock grapples with in the wake of climate catastrophes. His installation of paintings on panels and “flags” made of plastic mesh and acrylic paint draped on wooden stands include phrases related to the climate crisis. Titles are taken in part from the obscured text on the paintings: What Do We Mean by Adaptation?, Invasive Species, and The Woods Are Stressed. The work is created by repeatedly scraping layers of acrylic paint over the painted words and the mesh; the process mirrors the artist’s obsessive internal dialogue and frequent conversations with his peers over the topic of the climate crisis. The florid colors reflect the growing heat and turbulence in the environment, and the indecipherable words are reminiscent of the wake of invasive species and environmental ruin.

Daniella Dooling encases each bird in The Canary Project in resin casts of natural crystal formations or found rocks. A transparent facet reveals the embalmed bird, positioned upright and looking forward, a frozen gesture of isolation. The artificial fossilization of a canary inside a synthetic geological object held with medical hardware presents contradictory realities. The term “climate canary” originates in the phrase “canary in a coal mine.” These canaries are messengers, harbingers that a particular catastrophic event is near. The artist does not condone birds being bred in captivity. She uses these birds to honor their lives and reveal the problematic relationship between human beings and global animal extinction. The Canary Project is joined by Dooling’s newest body of work, FireNests, a détournement of abandoned, stolen, and gifted bird nests. The bird nests are made from natural and human detritus, representing survival dynamics, an incompatible compatibility. Dooling’s elegant constructions, blackened with graphite, present a specter of past wildfires that have devastated the natural world and us.

Valerie Hegarty makes paintings, sculptures, and installations that explore memory, place, and history issues. Hegarty replicates paintings and antiques from early American art history and damages them with devices associated with their historical significance. Hegarty explores materiality, incorporating canvas, wood, Foam core, papier-mâché, epoxy, and ceramics. The exhibition is centered around a large-scale installation,

Overseas: Fireplace with Harpoons, which features a federal-style fireplace modeled after one in the period rooms in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The painting atop the mantle is of an iceberg by the Hudson River School painter Frederic Church. The vignette is punctuated with destruction, harpoons piercing the scene, an allegory for the paintbrushes of landscape painters’ colonialist views of Manifest Destiny. The artist made the installation in 2006, offering a macropolitical view of the environmental crisis through the lens of colonialism.

Location

48 Main Street Livingston Manor, NY 12758
Catskill Art Space
Catskill Art Space

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845-436-4227
Email
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