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Parents' Bedroom, 2014
Parents’ Bedroom, 2014

 

The Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Grant
presents mid-year work by Artist-in-Residence

Valerie Hegarty

 

January 8 – January 30, 2015

The Korn Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts
Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, select weekends and by appointment.

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The Korn Gallery is pleased to announce the exhibition “Coming Home” by Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common good Artist in Residence Valerie Hegarty, on view January 8-January 30, 2015. The Gallery is located in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts at Drew University and is open Tuesday through Friday 12:30-4pm, selected weekends and by appointment.

“Coming Home” comprises two pieces: an installation made primarily from painted paper entitled Parents’ Bedroom (2014) and the acrylic on canvas painting Dripping Watermelon and Peaches (2014). The installation is based on the color scheme of Hegarty’s parents’ bedroom when she was young, which included purple striped wallpaper that was eventually stripped and repainted to be powder blue.  Hegarty created the installation by first pasting layers of painted paper to the gallery walls and floor and then peeling back the layers to create an effect of a decaying and/or abandoned space. Parents’ Bedroom is a meditation on memory, space and personal history where the artist’s remembrance of a room from her past becomes materialized in what is in effect a life-size collage or drawing.  Hegarty made the piece during the Fall 2014 portion of her residency at Drew University and it was installed first for a group show in Chelsea called “Apocryphal Times” at Friedman Benda Gallery.

Dripping Watermelon and Peaches continues Hegarty’s investigation of the social, cultural, and psychological connotations of still-life painting. Playing on the symbolic use of reminders of mortality common in still-life painting, Hegarty’s fruit drips paint and bleeds color onto the walls of the gallery like bodies in distress being drained of life. Exhibited in conjunction with Parents’ Bedroom, the painting reflects the personal themes of the installation as a physical marker of the parent-child relationship as both parties age, memories fading and bodies failing.

Valerie Hegarty is based in Brooklyn, New York and Drew’s first Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence. Hegarty creates paintings, sculptures, and installations that comment on American history and society, addressing such themes as colonization, Manifest Destiny, environmental degradation, and repressed histories. She has a B.A. from Middlebury College and an M.F.A from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Among Hegarty’s many recent solo exhibitions in New York City are shows at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, Marlborough Chelsea, the High Line Public Art Program, and the Brooklyn Museum, which also features her work in their permanent collection. Valerie Hegarty is represented by Mike Weiss Gallery in New York City.