Hart incorporates a variety of approaches and materials including painting, drawing, and cut paper-collage. He creates small moments that are alternatively calm and chaotic, hard and soft, that push and pull and create other forms of tension that ultimately lead to awkward yet resolved compositions. Manipulating images, layering color and marks, folding, cutting, editing, destroying and building back up the image play essential roles in his studio practice. Hart’s treatment is very controlled at times and loose during others, creating a diverse set of gestures that might suggest the shape of a tool or weapon, a vessel, artifact, a floral still-life, the contour of a figure, or the sum of these objects unraveling into delicate abstraction.
Born (1976) in New Hampshire, Joseph Hart lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. In 1999, he received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Hart’s work on paper have been included in exhibitions at the Santa Monica Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, International Print Center New York, as well as at Galerie Vidal Saint-Phalle, in Paris, Klaus Von Nichtssangend Gallery, CRG Gallery, Alexander & Bonin, and David Krut Projects in New York, among others.