A childhood fascination with creating objects out of nuts, bolts, scrap metal and
wood evolved into an intensely energetic creative drive. Gale Hart began her
career with an enduring passion to compile components into a whole. From
monumental canvases to meticulous graphite drawings, Hart's repertoire of visual
images grabs, engages and speaks volumes about universal humanity.
A narration characterized by humor, angst and sarcasm presents itself through a
constantly evolving cast of characters. Reminiscent of a candid snapshot, Hart
captures an attitude at a particular place and point in time. The specifics of a
personality are not as important as the condensed essence or vitality of expression.
Through direct frontal gaze and exaggerated facial expressions, Hart conveys the
difficulties of human interactions and the challenges of interpersonal
The paintings initiate a visceral discourse with the viewer - the viewer is intrigued
and pulled into the narrative of the subject matter. Hart implements the use of
rhythmic geometric elements as a means of visual navigation. This technique of
unification formalizes the composition and mitigates visual and emotional agitation.
Color as a void saturates the background of the paintings against which the intense
hues of the figures emanate to elicit tension. Awkward color combinations distort
and disarm the eye, yet concurrently assist in the comprehension of the work.
Hart's sculpture parallels her paintings with the visual language remaining constant:
narrative composition, ordered geometry and color choices. Validating the instincts
that launched her creative career, found objects continue to hold limitless
possibilities and appeal. Hart seamlessly marries incongruent materials creating
mirthful yet perplexing personages.
Hart approaches all of her work with an eye toward artistic sensibility and technical
expertise. Never sure what the next series will bring - Hart states: Keeping my art
fresh is equally as important as my need to make art.
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