2731 Prospect Contemporary Art permanently closed on April 22, 2017
Ian Hagarty’s paintings are not minimal, but are based on a reductive motif. The work has the appearance of pronounced flatness, yet visually opens into interior geometric spaces where surfaces both expand and collapse. This interchange fractures the painting process, forcing the work to become fragmented into layered sections that simultaneously bury and reveal. Hagarty’s palette ranges from high-keyed reds and turquoises to acidic yellows and darkly luminous purples. Hagarty’s paintings investigate the possibilities of how color, reduction, material manipulation and repetition can transpose the near-inevitable associative capabilities of abstraction.
Ian Hagarty has exhibited his work at the Huntington Museum of Art in Huntington, WV; Weber State University in Ogden, UT; Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA; Verona Exhibition Centre in Verona, Italy; START Art Fair-Saatchi Gallery in London, UK; and Espacio de Creacion Contemporanea in Cadiz, Spain amongst any other venues. He is represented in Italy by Montoro 12 Contemporary Art. In 2015 he was an Artist-in-Residence at Scuola Internazionale di Grafica in Venice, Italy.
Hagarty received a MFA from Indiana University and a MA from Maryland Institute College of Arts. He is currently an associate professor at Marshall University, School of Art & Design – College of Arts & Media in Huntington, WV.
Ian Hagarty Artist’s Talk on Saturday, February 13 at 2:00 pm.
Reception for the artists is Friday, February 12 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm.