Joshua Hagler | The Living Circle Us |
The exhibition will be curated by writer, art historian and leading authority on modern American art, David Anfam. Joshua Hagler’s dedicated artist’s monograph will be published alongside the solo exhibition.
Joshua Hagler’s newest solo exhibition with Unit London, The Living Circle Us, marks a continuing shift within the artist’s subject matter. The show’s title, drawn from the poem “Metamorphosis” by Louise Glück, is evocative of this shift. For Hagler, the verse speaks to life during the global pandemic, the birth of his now ten-month-old daughter and his relocation to rural New Mexico. Relinquishing socio-political messaging in favour of a more intimate sense of being attentive to his immediate world, he sets an important parameter for the exhibition: to respond only to the visual information he encounters in his day-to-day life.
The exhibition’s curator, David Anfam notes, “Joshua Hagler’s recent works mark an important move forward into mysterious, more intuitive realms. Memory plays a key role, but so does Hagler’s visceral contact with surrounding reality. This includes the deserted buildings and fire-scorched landscape of southwestern New Mexico where he lives – as well as the birth of his daughter not long ago. Distant echoes from the Old Masters mingle with brooding chromatic fields to create a blurred yet vivid cartography of consciousness. At once dream-like and intensely physical, Hagler’s painterly meditations on life, love, death and landscape could not be more timely as visual poems addressing existence in today’s troubled world.”
While all these images are important to the artist in their own right, his interest is not so much in the usual cultural or historical meanings or in reproducing or emulating the subject’s likeness. Rather, he understands drawing as a contemplative method for simply being with the subject.
Unit London, 3 Hanover Square, Mayfair W1S 1HD
Tue 7 Sep 2021 to Mon 4 Oct 2021