Selected works by Valerie Hegarty

Valerie Hegarty
Niagara Falls

2007

Foam core, paper, paint, gel medium, glue

150 x 300 x 65 cm

For Valerie Hegarty, the joy of her work lies in its destruction rather than its making. Centring her practice on the politics of the American myth, Hegarty’s canvases and sculptures replicate emblems of frontier ethos - colonial furniture, antique dishware, and heroic paintings of landscapes and national figures only to demolish them by devices associated with their historical significance.

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.

Valerie Hegarty
Still Burning

2007

Canvas, paint, foamcore, paper, gel medium

198.1 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

Valerie Hegarty's Biography

Born in Burlington, Vermont, USA in 1967
Lives and works in New York



SOLO EXHIBITIONS


2016
American Berserk, University of Michigan Institute for the Humanities Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
American Berserk, Burning in Water, New York, NY

2015
Campus Cutouts, Brothers College, Drew University, Madison, NJ
Coming Home, Korn Gallery, Drew University, Madison, NJ

2013
Alternative Histories, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2012
Figure, Flowers, Fruit, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY
Altered States, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY

2010
Breakthrough Miami, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Cosmic Collisions, Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York, NY

2009
Autumn on the Hudson Valley with Branches, High Line Public Art Project, New York, NY

2008
Valerie Hegarty: Seascape, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI

2007
Incoming Fog, CTRL Gallery, Houston, TX
View From Thanatopsis, Museum 52, London, England

2006
Seascape, Guild & Greyshkul

2005
Landscaping, Guild & Greyshkul

2003
12x12 Room, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago

2002
At the Edge, Innovative Art in Chicago, Gallery 400, Chicago


GROUP EXHIBITIONS


2017
Morph, Asya Geisberg Gallery, NY, NY
Stacked, Kathryn Markel Gallery, NY, NY
The Ecstasy of Mary Shelley, LACE (Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions), CA
History of the Present, Concordia College, OSilas Gallery, NY

2016
Flat File Show, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY
Interventions 3, 1608 President St., Brooklyn, NY
New Members’ Show, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY
20th Anniversary Exhibition, Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY
A Certain Kind of Eden, Burning in Water, New York, NY

2015
Myths and Legends of the Hudson Valley, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY
Dual Nature: Selections from the Chaney Family Collection, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Spring, Texas
Post Human Utopia, The Lodge Gallery, New York, NY
River Crossings, Olana and Thomas Cole Historic Sites, Hudson, NY
Forgetting the Future: Entropy in the Reflective Age, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, CA

2014
Apocryphal Times, Friedman Benda, New York, NY
Spitball, Storefront Ten Eyck, Brooklyn, NY
Clouds, Lesley Keller, New York, NY

2013
Absolut Open Canvas, Brooklyn, NY
Hypertrophic Visions, curated by Robin Reisenfeld, NYCAMS, New York, NY
The Modern Monster, Queen’s Nails Projects, San Francisco, CA

2012
Dark Flow Lurking, David Castillo Gallery, Miami, FL
The Stumbling Present: Ruins in Contemporary Art, Curated by Elyse A. Gonzales,
AD&A Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA (Catalogue)
Affinity Atlas, Curated by Ian Berry, Wellin Museum of Art, Hamilton College, Clinton, NY
Painting is History, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY
End of Days, Mixed Greens, New York, NY

2011
A Piece of Paper, Madder 139, London
From Where You Just Arrived, Pepin Moore, Los Angeles, CA
His Wife and Her Lover, Primary Projects, Miami, FL
Bitches Brew, Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen
Perfectly Damaged, Derek Eller Gallery, New York, NY

2010
POSTERMAT, The Hole, New York, NY
RUN AND TELL THAT!, New Work from New York, Curated by Eric Gleason and
David Prince, Shaffer Art Building, Syracuse University Art Galleries, Syracuse, NY
No Show, Spencer Brownstone, New York, NY
Portugal Arte 09, Lisbon, Portugal
Natural Renditions, Marlborough Chelsea, New York, NY
Utopia/Dystopia, Storefront Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2009
KINGS COUNTY BIENNIAL, Kidd Yellin Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Antler Necklace, Curated by Amber Vilas, Half/Dozen Gallery, Portland, OR
New York Minute, Curated by Kathy Grayson, Depart Foundation, Rome, Italy (Catalogue)
Uncharted, University Art Museum at SUNY, Albany, NY
Finally Utopic, Pocket Utopia, Brooklyn, NY
Seaworthy, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Works on Paper, Museum 52, London
On From Here, Guild & Greyshkul, New York, NY
Toil and Trouble, CTRL, Houston, TX

2008
21: Selections of Contemporary Art from the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum,
Brooklyn, NY
Without Walls, Museum 52, New York, NY
CORE: Hamptons, Long Island, NY

2007
On Being an Exhibition, Artists Space, New York, NY
Distinctive Messengers, House of Campari, New York, NY
Baroque-Ademia, Curated by Barbara Goldfarb Tepperman, Nassau Country Museum
of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY
The Ordinary Fantastic, Milliken, Stockholm, Sweden
Domestic Irony: A Curious Glance Into Italy’s Private Collections, Museion, Bolzano, Italy (Catalogue)
In the Belly of the Whale, Curated by Patrick Callery, Tracy Williams Ltd., New York, NY
Keep The Change, Rush Foundation and Nathan Cummings Foundation, New York, NY
Summer Group Show, D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY
'Til I Die, Spencer Brownstone, New York, NY

2006
Denial is a River, Sculpture Center, Long Island City
25 Bold Moves, House of Campari, New York
Among the Trees, Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Summit,

2005
Odd Lots, White Columns
The General's Jamboree, Guild & Greyshkul
Greater New York, PS1, Long Island City

2004
Conceptual Realism, Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn
9x, Smack Mellon Gallery, Brooklyn
Voice of Site, Tokyo, Japan
Play Pen, The Drawing Center, NY
Smack Mellon Open Studios, Brooklyn
Stray Show, Gallery 400, Chicago
Small Victories, Modest Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago
AIM 24, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx

2003
MakeBELIEVE, MN Gallery, Chicago
You Sure about this Place? Sioux City Arts Center, Sioux City, IO
Really Real, Gallery 312, Chicago

2002
Stray Show, MN Gallery, Chicago
Gallery 2, Chicago
You Sure about this Place? The Pond, Chicago
Graduate Exhibition, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

2001
Gallery 2, School of the Art Institute, Chicago
Modest Contemporary Art Gallery, Chicago
Subject/Picture, The Optimistic, Chicago

2000
13 Alumni Artists, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury
Valerie Hegarty & Melody Saraniti, Pilsen East Art Gallery, Chicago

1999
Transcending Limits: Moving Beyond Mainstream and Margin
Texas Fine Arts Association, Austin

1998
Emerge: First Annual Juried Exhibition of Emerging Bay Area Artists,
Gen Art SF, San Francisco
Countdown 2000, 1078 Gallery, Chico