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New Orleans, LA, United States, 2009/07/20 - Exhibition Dates: August 1 – 29 Opening Artist Reception: August 1, White Linen Night from 6pm – 9pm - CoLABprojects.com.
"Somehow out of their own space and time, the Songbirds are here. Part animal and part child, they live in a weird zone between imagination and reality, portraiture and decoration, grief and joy." – S.J. Hart
S.J. Hart received her MFA in Book Arts/Printmaking from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA and her BFA in Printmaking from The Hartford Art School, West Hartford, CT. Her work combines traditional elements of etching, drawing, and figurative painting with a taste for the gothic, abstract and decorative.
Recent series explore the psychological space of figure and portrait paintings, Victorian post-mortem photography, and the odd realms in which zoological illustrations turn into images of childhood. The children created in each of her surrealistic stories are a focal point of emotion and dream mystery set admist highly decorative floral and fauna.
Since 2000, S.J. Hart's work has been exhibited in universities, art centers and galleries throughout Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, New Orleans, Portland, OR, Eugene, OR, Portland, ME and New York. Her works are held in private collections throughout the United States and in Europe. In her spare time, she restores antique, historical and rare books.
Current S.J. Hart works may be viewed online at the CoLAB Projects website now and 'shining with the secret of it' will be viewable online beginning August 2, 2009 with a forthcoming exhibition companion catalogue released on August 15, 2009.
Please join us for the opening artist reception on August 1, 2009 from 6pm - 9pm at CoLAB Projects - 527 St. Joseph Street, New Orleans, LA 70130