30x120" (Click image to enlarge) Oil, acrylic, and gouache on paper and polyester mesh
This piece is part of Shadyville, a joint exhibition with studiomate, Eleanor Aldrich. Hartman’s work addresses a sense of ambiguity and formal decision-making. The viewer is confronted with common distortions of light, shadow, and atmosphere making the familiar abstracted and unfamiliar. Thus - for a fleeting moment - the mundane is transformed into the sublime. In Hartman’s paintings, the arrangement of these elements alludes to an ever-shifting landscape; a place where things slip in and out of focus and viewers cannot always locate themselves. The sense of shifting space and meaning in the work of these two artists, is particularly relevant in an age where our relationship to the physical is increasingly tenuous.