ARTIST JOSHUA HAGLER’S EXUBERANT NEW WORKS
AT 101/EXHIBIT MIAMI OCTOBER 8TH - NOVEMBER 26TH, 2011
Joshua Hagler, the young and enigmatic visual artist whose distinct style and perspective has rapidly gained the attention of the international arts market, is returning from a six-month residency at MIRA in Martignano, Italy. With “Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena” the artist will exhibit new works, a continuation
During his time abroad, Joshua Hagler had two very successful shows in Lecce, Italy. For his exhibition at Chiesa San Giovanni Di Dio, the artist experimented in visual and conceptual symmetry, creating site-specific paintings, which referenced the baroque church’s classical works in the original alcoves. For the second show, Joshua was among the first international artists to exhibit in the newly renovated wing of Castello Di Carlo V.
In his paintings, sculptures, and computer animations, Joshua incorporates or distorts religious motifs inspired by his Christian upbringing, building toward what he calls, “a long-term apocrypha.” Twisting images, he has a preoccupation with destruction and decay, often depicting abstractions of landfills strewn with bodily collisions and busted machinery. In his works, one sees a curious struggle between the distorted human figures and the physical, psychological, and theological debris that blends and bends within and without the flesh – with results that are at once humorous and grotesque.
With “Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena,” Hagler draws upon his sixmonth residency at MIRA in Martignano. Having toured the Salento region seeking uncommonly referenced historical works and obscure paintings and sculptures tucked inside it’s many churches, Hagler borrows aspects from these hidden gems, incorporating them into his work. Joshua Hagler has exhibited painting, sculpture, and installation work extensively throughout North America and Europe. His next solo show “Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena” runs Oct. 8th 2011 – Nov. 26th 2011 at Miami’s forerunning gallery for contemporary artists: 101/exhibit. This will be Joshua’s first solo show at 101/exhibit.
Who: Joshua Hagler
What: “Perceptions of Religious Imagery in Natural Phenomena”
When: Oct. 8th 2011 through Nov. 26th 2011. The opening reception on Saturday Oct. 8th from
7pm-10pm will be open to the public.
Why: It has been a longtime hope of the artist to exhibit work in a historical church. With a recent installation of paintings at Chiesa San Giovanni di Dio in Lecce, Italy, Joshua Hagler finally had the chance. In building toward a long-term apocrypha, his current work is an experiment in visual and conceptual symmetry, borrowing strategies from the Catholic Faith. Visual references include the more obscure and lesser-known paintings, frescoes and sculptures spanning the 12th through 19th centuries. Twisted in his signature style, Hagler intimates a curious struggle between distorted human figures and the physical, psychological, and theological debris that blends and and bends within and without the flesh – with results that are at
once humorous and grotesque.
About Sloan Schaffer and 101/exhibit
With a mission to discover, promote, and preserve the works of great contemporary artists, 101/exhibit, established by Sloan Schaffer in 2008, has become an important destination in the burgeoning cultural and commercial landscape of Miami. Founded on his own personal love of collecting, Schaffer presents the works of modern masters and emerging artists- to an evergrowing number of collectors and art enthusiasts in his stunning 5000 square foot gallery space in the heart of Miami’s Design District. Among the artists whose work he represents are: Jason Shawn Alexander, David Michael Bowers, Christopher Carter, Isabelle Du Toit, Claudio Ethos, Robert Fleisher, Chambliss Giobbi, Joshua Hagler, Michelle Hinebrook, Marcus Jansen, Marilyn Manson, Charles Pfahl, Pat Rocha, Jorge Santos, and Ted Vasin. Alexander Calder, Albert Paley, Michael Lucero, Peter Voulkos and Larry Rivers are also featured.
An architect, jewelry designer and metal smith in his own right, Schaffer has a keen eye and a great appreciation of art and design. His passion for collecting is evidenced in his contemporary Coconut Grove residence, designed by the Cuban architect Roney Mateu, where he resides with his wife, Carli Schaffer. Together the couple has amassed an impressive collection of midtwentieth century furniture, which they juxtaposed with a lively and ever-changing mix of emerging and established artists.