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Artstock Artists Solo Exhibition Krystal Hart Acrylic Paintings
June 15 @ 8:30 am - July 15 @ 5:00 pmFree
Krystal Hart: Acrylic Paintings
Krystal Hart is a North Carolina native. Hart received her BFA from New York Institute of Technology and is a distinguished recipient of various honors and residencies including a 2007 Chair Person Fine Arts Award, a 2009 and 2012 Limner Society Residency, a 2011 and 2017 NC Regional Artist Grant, and the 2018 Mass MoCA Masters of Abstraction Workshop in Residency. Hart has a passion for serving her local and global community. Her work often provides a platform for cross-culture and cross- community experiences of a shared human condition. Her aim at shifting perspectives towards restorative and regenerative communities motives some of her noted exhibition participation.
Between late 2011 and 2013 Hart created works in partnership with Alamance Behavioral and Mental Health and Alamance Arts Council that involved families whose children wrestled with social and behavioral disorders. These works allowed to public to engage and learn about the often-taboo topic of mental health the children effected and their families. In 2015 Hart’s sculpture Abner’s Tree was included in the Green Hill Gallery’s exhibition Art and Dialogue: Racial Tension in America. The glass sculpture (painted by Hart and her husband as a symbol of racial unity) siting on a white oak base invited all walks of life to see through the work. While reflecting on the diverse viewers juxtaposed to the painting on the glass, people were also invited to release their offenses by writing and sticking them to the tree hewed base as a symbol of forgiveness and provoking community healing. The 2018 HerStory exhibition at the African American Atelier included Hart’s co-created short film Until Tomorrow. The ambiguous story of a young woman coming to terms with her memory, the sudden losses of close family members, and her now uncertain future.
Hart’s current series invites prayers and thanksgivings from friends and strangers. These abstract works painted with natural matter are influenced directly from text and imagery taken from personal, social media, and other outlets. Some works are timestamped with specific notes to persons encountered trauma or adversity. The first works of this series was exhibited in a group show Escape ism early 2019 at Atlantic Gallery in NYC Chelsea art district. A body of this work is currently on view in Durham, NC at her recent solo show “Pieces: A Paradoxy.” Hart’s painting process are acts of intercession and a bridge for human connectivity, catalyzing hope in individual and shared adversities.
Artist Statement: This work is preoccupied with the essence of human transversion. Hart investigates physical, social, psychological and theological constructs of human existence, while navigating a world in flux. The psychology and physiology of regeneration in tandem with cacophonic environments interest her. The work rests in duality as Hart ponders what is, and the possibilities of becoming. For Hart adversities are human connecting points. She see her process as acts of intercession and networks of human connectivity. The work catalyzes hope and promotes empathy through experiential expression.