Valerie Hegarty: Bloom & Gloom

November 8, 2018 - January 5, 2019

505 West 27th Street

exhibition essay


Burning in Water is pleased to present Bloom & Gloom, an exhibition of new work by the Brooklyn-based artist Valerie Hegarty. Featuring a series of large-scale installation works and ceramic sculptures,Bloom & Gloom is the artist's third solo exhibition with the gallery.

In Bloom & Gloom, Hegarty combines her recent interest in ceramics with her long-standing practice producing large-scale installations. The works in the exhibition are broadly inspired by the theme of Vanitas considered from personal, art historical and contemporary perspectives. The large-scale wall pieces continue a series of paper-based installations that Hegarty began in 2002, which she considers to be her "reverse archaeology" works. In addition to thematic and visual references to the art-historical conception of Vanitas, the ceramic sculptures in the exhibition are also inspired by the classical Japanese aesthetics of Wabi-sabiKintsugi (金継ぎ) and Yakisugi (). 

Valerie Hegarty: Bloom & Gloom will be on view at 505 West 27th Street in New York from November 8, 2018 through January 5, 2019.



Valerie Hegarty (b. 1967, Burlington, VT) is a Brooklyn-based artist whose work frequently employs critical engagement with American History and addresses themes of memory, place and art historical legacy through painting, sculpture and large-scale installations. Previous solo exhibitions include Nicelle Beauchene, NY; Marlborough Gallery, NY; Locust Projects, Miami; Museum 52, London; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Guild & Greyshkul, NY. She has completed public commissions for the High Line in NYC and the Brooklyn Museum. Hegarty's work is included in the permanent collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Perez Art Museum Miami, the Saatchi Gallery, the New Britain Museum of American Art, the Portland Museum of Art, the Tang Museum and the Wadsworth Atheneum.

Hegarty received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has received grants and awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, The New York Foundation for the Arts, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation, the Tiffany Foundation and Campari NY. She has completed residences at LMCC, Marie Walsh Sharpe, PS 122, MacDowell, Yaddo, and Smack Mellon, and she served as the first Andrew W. Mellon Arts and the Common Good Artist-in-Residence at Drew University.

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