Just about every morning, I wash the breakfast dishes and prepare the kid’s school lunches. It’s a sloppy production of scraping plates, soapy water, assembling sandwiches and cutting up apples and oranges. Habitually, I peel the small branding decals off the fruits then stick them on my shirts where they live until I wash my clothes--which is seldom. A patina of fruit decals, food and grease stains, dried paint and blue tape (from work), and my kids’ drawings (they often décor my shirts with markers) are built up and crusted onto my exterior. It’s a ridiculous, optimistic and beautiful history. I notice it all when I’m brushing my teeth, looking in the mirror and think to myself “you’re an insufferable slob, that looks pretty sweet, that’s what you need to do in your paintings.”
Brooklyn, NY, March, 2018
Joseph Hart (b. 1976 in Peterborough, NH) lives and works in New York. In 1999, he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Hart’s paintings and drawings have recently been exhibited at Anat Ebgi in Los Angeles, Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco, Dieu Donné in New York, and the Journal in Brooklyn. His work can be found in the public collections of the RISD Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Davis Museum at Wesley College and The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hart is also the founder and producer of the oral history project and podcast DEEP COLOR. Blood Orange marks the artists third solo exhibition with the gallery.