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Art+Design Alumnus Tommy Hartung Opens Solo Exhibition in NYC Feb. 14

Date Released: 2/13/2008

Tommy Hartung, ’04, who received his BFA in Sculpture from the School of Art+Design, is opening his first solo exhibition on February 14 at the Moti Hasson Gallery in New York City. The exhibition runs through March 16, with an opening reception on February 14 from 6-8 PM.

The Moti Hasson Gallery is located at 535 West 25th Street in New York City.

The exhibition features The Story of Edward Holmes (2007), a 15-minute video projection in which Hartung uses low-tech means and the aid of an omniscient voiceover to create the first in a series of video animations that tell the story of his fictional protagonist. Hartung slyly comments on the nature of political and social conflict, and in particular, the Western domination of indigenous cultures.

Also on view is Hartung’s Raw File Dump #2 (2007), which, as the title suggests, straddles the line between source material and junk pile, either to be viewed as monuments or ruins to the implied narratives they create. Using visual cues and a faux historical presentation, Hartung’s exhibition explores how the mechanics of moving image media function as a didactic device, which provides the means for him to excavate the past, question how we transcribe the present and expose how this invariably calls the future into question.

Hartung, who received his MFA from Columbia University, teaches Introduction to Digital Imaging in the School of Liberal Studies and Continuing Education at Purchase. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions in galleries in New York City and Miami. 

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