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SELECTED WORKS BY Valerie Hegarty

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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.
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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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Valerie Hegarty
Still Burning

2007

Canvas, paint, foamcore, paper, gel medium

198.1 x 152.4 x 3.8 cm

OTHER RESOURCES

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art; Valerie Hegarty

artfacts.net
Additional information on Valerie Hegarty

museum52.com
Exhibition information and a variety of images of recent work

guildgreyshkul.com
Valerie Hegarty - Past exhibitions at Guild and Greyshkul gallery

mcachicago.org
Information on Valerie Hegarty

artnet.com
Additional Valerie Hegarty images