Each painting featured in this ehibition is a composition comprised of vintage, vernacular photographs that have been manipulated and printed on raw canvas.
Brian Gross Fine Art is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of
paintings by Dana Hart-Stone, opening on Saturday, January 7th with a
reception for the artist from 3-5pm. Drawing on his Montana roots, the
works included in Exposition explore image, pattern, and remembrance.
The exhibition will be on view through February 25, 2012.
Each painting featured in Exposition is a composition comprised of vintage, vernacular photographs that have been manipulated and printed on raw canvas. Drawn to the mystery behind the photographs, Hart-Stone collects images that portray the "collective mindset of American culture." Creating paintings that play with content as much as color, pattern, and serial imagery, Hart-Stone's pieces reference both personal and collective memories of rural life.
Each piece is infused with iconography and nostalgia. Using the iconic symbol of the Work Horse, Hart-Stone taps into both the utility of the horse and also the romantic notions ascribed to country living. In the work, Trophies, each treasured photograph depicts individuals showcasing their prized possessions, such as automobiles, children, or caught fish. The weave of Hart-Stone's canvases belies the ways in which memories themselves are woven. Re-contextualizing the photographs, the work included in Exposition takes on a voyeuristic quality and these images pay "homage to everyday people."
Born in Billings, Montana, Dana Hart-Stone attended Montana State University in Bozeman, and received his B.A. from San Francisco State University in 1997. He currently lives and works in Monterey, CA.
Image: Dana Hart-Stone, Land and Sky, 2010; photo emulsion on canvas; 55 × 88 inches
Reception for the artist: Saturday, January 7, 3-5pm
Brian Gross Fine Art
49 Geary Street, 5th Floor San Francisco
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Friday 11-5:30pm; Saturday 11-5pm