Valerie Hegarty - Contemporary Artists

Cracked Canyon

Cracked Canyon The Saatchi Gallery
 

Valerie Hegarty

Cracked Canyon

2007
Foam core, paper, paint, wood, glue, gel medium

200 x 192 x 5 cm

In the pieces viewed here, Hegarty theatrically reconstructs ‘masterpieces’ based on works by Frederick Church and Thomas Moran from fragile materials such as foam-core, paper, and wood, before falsifying their ruination. Rotted and battered nearly beyond recognition, Niagara Falls literally pours from the wall as a twisted wreck; while Cracked Canyon is broken through with a seismic fissure running from the gallery floor to ceiling.

Through Hegarty’s eradicative intervention, her objects gain both formal and narrative authority. Capitalising on her highly attenuate subversion of materials, Hegarty’s work poses as artefacts of known history gone awry, envisioning an alternative world order of smug irony and poetic justice.
 
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