Among The Missing

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

Joshua Hagler was previously featured on October 2010 and interviewed on July 2012. In line with our promise, we bring you the latest on this talented artist, this time alongside partner and collaborator Maja Ruznic, with their first two-person exhibition. The show entitled Among The Missing will be featured at the Jack Fischer Gallery from May 3rd through the 31st. Hagler and Ruznic will present work from their book Drift, which documents the three months the pair spent in 2013 traveling through Eastern and Western Europe and Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

 May 3rd – May 31st, 2014

For his newest paintings, Joshua Hagler appropriates stills from the 1995 black-and-white western film Dead Man.  Hagler’s references to the film serve as departure points into more abstract visual fields and meditations on the spiritual condition of the “colonist.” In this new work Hagler willfully embodies an American stereotype voluntarily taking on a posture of guilt and confusion as a product of colonialism and western expansion.

The most obvious shift in Hagler’s work from previous exhibitions is the move into greater abstraction, obscuring subject matter, at times, to the point of non-representation so that something unexpected might be brought to the fore.

Maja Ruznic’s new, larger paintings possess the same psychological intimacy and phantasmagoric quality as her earlier works, only this time, Ruznic has embedded her figures into predominantly dark backgrounds and allowed them to appear stain-like, emerging from the darkness.  Ruznic draws from her experience of making art with Syrian refugees with her partner and collaborator Joshua Hagler, as well as from her own experiences growing up as a child refugee.

Her paintings evoke feelings of discomfort, displacement, and abandonment. The works on paper are sketch-like and complete at once, and evoke the feeling of having woken from dream, recalling a few, small details while the rest recedes into obscurity. 

Work from “Drift” will also be on view during the exhibition and the 136-page hardbound limited edition, out in June, will be available for pre-order at Jack Fischer

Jack Fischer Gallery Presents
A Collaborative Exhibition By Josh Hagler & Maja Ruznic

May 3rd – May 31st, 2014

Jack Fischer Gallery
311 Potrero Ave, San Francisco, CA
Phone: (415) 956-1178
http://www.jackfischergallery.com/

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

art blog - Josh Hagler - Maja Ruznic - Empty Kingdom

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