Anne Hardy

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Anne Hardy (born 1970) is a British artist. She makes large-scale photographic work, and sculptural installations.[1] She completed an MA in photography at the Royal College of Art in 2000, having graduated from Cheltenham School of Art in 1993 with a degree in painting. Hardy lives and works in London and is represented by Maureen Paley, London.

Work[edit]

'Hardy's environments, whether presented as photographic record or as an accessible space, are filled with the absence of performative acts, each with their own gnomic, disconcerting purpose, however approachable the residual things seem to be'.[2]

Hardy's images are photographs of structures made in her studio: carefully constructed sets, assemblages of found objects and hand made marks.[3] The materials she uses are often objects or junk which she has found in markets, DIY shops, or urban skips and have included antlers, brightly coloured cables, old Christmas trees, light bulbs, American basketballs, balloons, and scientific glassware as well as everyday building materials.[4]

Other characteristics in her work are unpainted plasterboard on the walls of the rooms and visible foam sealant. Her work Lumber (2003) for example, where a neglected room houses heaps of old Christmas trees which have been hidden from the world and left to decay. Art writer Charlotte Cotton comments, "The skill of making a photograph such as Lumber is to avoid overloading the image with obvious signs and allegory, but to maintain a sense, albeit a fabricated one, that we are looking at an observed rather than a meticulously constructed scene. The space looks like a storeroom for unwanted Christmas trees, but the indoor environoment, the menacing shape of the mound of greenery and the thought of what might lie beneath it make for a compelling hovering between what this place might actually be and the unsettling atmosphere within it."[5]

Hardy's work has been published in Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography (2006) by Phaidon Press and Charlotte Cotton's book The Photograph as Contemporary Art as well as magazines including Dazed & Confused, The Guardian, Photography Now, Tank (magazine) and Art Review. In January 2007, Hardy gave an interview to The Guardian newspaper on the subject of her image Untitled VI (2005).[6]

In March 2007, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London exhibited Anne Hardy's 2005 work Untitled IV (balloons). The V&A bought the image for their collection with the help of the Cecil Beaton art fund. In June 2007, three of Hardy's works, Booth (2006), Untitled IV (balloons) (2005) and Close Range (2006), were exhibited at the 52nd International Venice Biennale art festival. The accompanying New Forest Pavilion exhibition catalogue included the image Outpost (2007) and a critical essay by John Slyce.[7]

In April 2008, Hardy had her first USA solo exhibition in New York at Bellwether Gallery. This was followed with Hardy's work being included in a group show at Gagosian Gallery, New York called Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object which ran from September until December 2008.[8] Hardy's work was shown in the Helsinki Biennale which ran until 25 January 2009.[9]

In September 2012, Hardy had a solo exhibition at the Secession in Vienna and a substantial monograph was published to accompany the exhibition.[10] [11]

Further reading[edit]

  • "Anne Hardy, Secession" published by Secession, 2012
  • "Anne Hardy – Two dimensional sculpture" Text by Francesco Manacorda in File Note No. 53, Anne Hardy, March – June 2011, Camden Arts Centre
  • Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art: Barbican Art Exhibition (2008) by Francesco Manacorda, Lydia Yee and Tom McCarthy (Merrell)
  • Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography (2006) by T.J. Demos (Phaidon Press)
  • The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004) by Charlotte Cotton (Thames & Hudson)
  • New Art from London(2006) by Chris Townsend (Thames and Hudson)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.aperture.org/blog/interview-with-anne-hardy/
  2. ^ David Rhodes, ArtForum online, 05.13.13
  3. ^ "Anne Hardy" David Rhodes, ArtForum online, 05.13.13
  4. ^ Vitamin PH: New Perspectives in Photography (2006) by T.J. Demos (Phaidon Press)
  5. ^ Page 74-75, The Photograph as Contemporary Art (2004) by Charlotte Cotton (Thames & Hudson)
  6. ^ Art section of G2 supplement The Guardian 11 January 2007
  7. ^ [New Forest Pavilion: 52nd Venice Biennale Art Exhibition (2007) Artsway & The Arts Institute at Bournemouth]
  8. ^ Untitled (Vicarious): Photographing the Constructed Object, Gagosian Gallery, September 2008.
  9. ^ Bellwether: Gallery News, Bellwether Gallery, January 2009.
  10. ^ ["Secession" Anne Hardy, artist's monograph. 144 pages, texts by J.G. Ballard, Raymond Carver, Bret Easton Ellis, Stanislaw Lem, Tom McCarthy, Haruki Murakami, Mike Ricketts in English and German. Published by Vienna Secession 2012. Distribution: Revolver Verlag, ISBN 978-3868952223]
  11. ^ ["Frieze" magazine, review of Secession exhibition by Helen Chang, issue 151, November/December 2012]

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