Valerie Hegarty’s artwork often poses as artifacts of art history gone awry. Through the combination of real and fabricated components, Hegarty leaves the viewer to wonder at the veracity of the transformation. For the High Line, she has created a work that imagines a nineteenth century Hudson River School landscape painting that has been left outdoors, exposed to the elements. Hegarty’s painting is based on Jasper Francis Cropsey’s Autumn on the Hudson River from 1860, a bucolic landscape that shows none of the affects of the Industrial Revolution. Hegarty’s canvas is tattered and frayed, and the partially exposed stretcher bars appear to be morphing into tree branches, as if reverting back to their natural state.
(1-3) Photo courtesy of Friends of the High Line; (4-5) Photo by Christina Macaya.
Valerie Hegarty (b. 1967, Vermont) lives and works in New York City. Recent solo exhibitions include the Brooklyn Museum, New York (2013); Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York (2012); Malborough Chelsea, New York (2012); Locust Projects, Miami (2010); Museum 52, London (2007); and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2003), among others. Group exhibitions include shows at David Castillo Gallery, Miami (2012); Madder 139, London (2011); Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen (2011); The Hole, New York (2010); Malborough Chelsea, New York (2010); Brooklyn Museum, New York (2008); and Artists Space, New York (2007), among others.
This High Line Art Commission is presented by Friends of the High Line and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation. High Line Art Commissions are made possible by Donald R. Mullen, Jr. This program is supported, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and from the New York State Council on the Arts, celebrating 50 years of building strong, creative communities in New York State’s 62 counties.