Thursday, March 10, 2011

SpotArt Gallery Featured Interview: Brian Hart - Illustrator/Photographer

Brian Hart

Featured Interview for
March 18, 2011 - April 8, 2011
Reception 3/18 7-11pm

Brian Hart
Minneapolis, MN
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Tell me about your work? What are you currently working on? How is this different from past projects?
i have drawn since i was a baby. i've kept a sketchbook since i was 8. drawing has always been an extremely important part of my life.

i have been exploring the technique of making drawings with lights and a camera since late 2005. [dark environment + long exposure + lights]

most recently, i've been working at combining my interest in composite images with this light drawing technique. in some ways, this isn't completely different from past projects - i've worked with composite images before and i've worked with light drawings before, but have found that combining the two techniques has given me greater ability to create more highly detailed light drawings - which has been a constant goal of mine since starting down this path 5-odd years ago.

The Great Dane Apollo

"What is Art?" is certainly too big of a question to ask here, but what do you hope your audience takes away from your art? What statement do you hope to make?
i don't have some grand statement to make with my work.

that being said, i hope my audience will view they're world in a slightly different way after seeing my work - or think about the medium of photography in a slightly different way - or get a rush of endorphins to their system - or start a dialogue about image or process or technique or equipment or science or breakfast ... or have any reaction at all.

i hope my audience has these reactions not because i'm trying to change the world or the worldviews they have, but because these are variations on how my work makes me feel; how it affects me - and really, i make work because i enjoy making it - and i show work in an attempt to communicate unknown/intangible/incommunicable feelings/ideas/concepts with strangers; in an attempt to make some connection with them.

what do i hope these strangers take away from my work? i hope they're able to get a glimpse of who i am as a person, maybe; how i view the world and things around me, maybe; maybe see the world fresh through my eyes? hard to say, really. i have just always felt compelled to make images. i hope my audience gets something out of them.

"art" is a dialogue and although sometimes i intentionally make images that mumble, more often than not i hope the short sentences the other ones speak are somehow decipherable—on some level.

the garden [triptych]

What was the best advice given to you as an artist?
i don't know that i've ever received advice as an artist.

Tell me about your working space and your creative process?
i work out of my apartment but make images anywhere i can get a camera and some relative darkness.

my creative process is not a stagnant, still target nor do i have a well defined, step-by-step, regimented workflow - i couldn't work like that. sometimes there's a lot of planning that goes into works, sometimes just sitting down - no intentions, no planning, nothing at all in my head - is how i work.

Who are some of the Minnesota artists you enjoy?

dana maltby -

adam costello -

deuce seven -

joe aschebrock -

john grider / mike fitzsimmons -


If I were to follow you around to see art in Minnesota, which places would we go? What would we see?
I guess we'd stay around minneapolis for the most part; lyndale ave; the northeast. we'd see whatever they're showing.

"art" is [should be] all around you - don't make it more complicated than it has to be.

mcsorley's crew of 29

Where do you go online for good art resources, whether to find a new artist, or to see what is going on in the art world locally and otherwise? [it's a big world with a lot of resources]

Do you have any exhibits to promote in the near future?
[group show - "spotbreak"]

spotArt gallery
1828 marshall st ne
reception: march 18th, 7-11pm
show runs from 3/18-4/8
[older work + newer work + newest work]

this is how

What can we expect to see from you in the future?
i haven't gotten there yet - i guess we'll both find out together.

1 comment:

Margaret said...

Great shots. I love mcsorley's crew of 29. You rock