Through her interdisciplinary practice, Heather Hart fuses fabricated and historical belief systems; legends that have been bequeathed through generations mixed with invention and intuition. She creates new rituals to empower the individual; in her words, she makes oracles. These works on paper depict a kind of enigmatic nature of a space, exploring inherited forms, the phenomenology of nostalgic architecture, and PTSD. In her “Tuskegee Airman” series, she investigates the reclaiming of power through the images of Tuskegee airmen making rooftop oracles fly. Additionally, Hart uses the circle or orb form playfully but also to signify the zen practice of painting the Enso, the perfection of the universe, of strength and of nothingness. There is a reference to power and imagining these narratives using it to tear the roof off, thus unearthing an idea of ‘home’ and also demonstrating a cosmic energy and explaining something inconceivable.
Born in Seattle, WA. Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
SELECTED EXHIBITIONS AND EVENTS
Northern Oracle, MSVU Art Gallery, Halifax, Canada (solo)
Domestic Thresholds by Heather Hart, Edra Soto, and Rodney Taylor, Albright Knox, Buffalo, NY
Rented World, Queens Museum, New York, NY
The Southern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off, North Carolina Museum of Art, Raliegh, NC (solo)
Project 1 by ArtPrize, Grand Rapids, MI (solo)
Things Are What We Encounter: Dr Charles Smith + Heather Hart, John Michael Kohler Foundation, Sheboygan, WI (solo)
The Oracle of Lacuna, Storm King Art Center, NY (solo)
Oracular Rooftops, Terrain Gallery, Spokane WA (solo)
Oracular Rooftops, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada (solo)
Porch Project: Tarble Tables, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (solo)
The Grace Jones Project, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
RUSH20: 1995-2015, Corridor Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Porch Project: Black Lunch Tables, Greensboro, NC (solo)
State Park, UC San Diego, CA
Porch Project as part of Do/Tell, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA
Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness, Gantt Center, NC
Crossing Brooklyn, The Brooklyn Museum, NY
The Intuitionists, The Drawing Center, NY (collaboration with Steffani Jemison and Jina Valentine)
Harlem Postcards Summer 2014, Studio Museum in Harlem, NY
The Porch Project, Figure One Gallery, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL (solo)
Through the Parlour, No Longer Empty, NY.
Oracular Rooftops, Cornish Alumni Gallery, Seattle, WA. (solo)
The Western Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
Curator: Sandra Jackson-Dumont (solo)
Hartlands, Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA. (solo)
The Bearden Project, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. Curator: Lauren Haynes. (catalogue)
The Eastern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, as part of Raw/Cooked, Brooklyn Museum, NY.
Curator: Eugenie Tsai, Nominator: Mickalene Thomas. (solo)
With Food In Mind, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY. Curator: Nicole Caruth. (catalogue)
Juju for the Blood, in conjunction with Common Jive, EFA Project Space, NY. Curator: Julie Fishkin and Saya Woolfalk.
New Numinous Negro, William Cordova presents Heather Hart in conjunction with Greater New York, PS1MoMA, NY
Skowhegan Alumni Exhibition, 92YTribeca, New York, NY.
ARTIST RESIDENCIES AND PROGRAMS
2017 Artists Editions, Wassaic Project, NY; ExAIR, John Michael Kohler Art Center, Sheboygan, WI
2016 McColl Center for Art + Innovation, Charlotte, NC
2015 Joan Mitchell Center Residency, New Orleans, LA; South Elm Project, Elsewhere, Greensboro, NC
2014 The Hermitage Artist Retreat, Englewood, FL; Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE
2013-15 Open Sessions, The Drawing Center, NY
2013-14 LMCC Workspace, New York, NY
2012-13 Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2011 Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop SIP Fellowship, New York, NY
2010 Franconia Sculpture Park, Franconia, MN
2008-09 Whitney Museum ISP, New York, NY
2006 Emerging Artist Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park, Astoria, NY; Santa Fe Art Institute, Santa Fe, NM
2005 Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, ME
GRANTS AND FELLOWSHIPS
2016 Creative Capital Award; DIL/IAH Fellowship (with Jina Valentine) UNC Chapel Hill; Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant
2015 RHMF Artist Community Engagement Grant; Brooklyn Arts Council Grant; Foundation for the Arts Grant
2014 Awesome Foundation Grant; Harpo Foundation Grant
2013 Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant; Awesome Foundation
2012 Visual Art Fellowship, Fine Art Work Center, Provincetown, MA
2011 Artist’s Fellowship Award; Gottlieb Foundation Grant; Harvestworks Educational Grant, New York, NY; Jerome Foundation Travel & Study Grant
2009 NYFA Fellowship
Sundell, Margaret, ed. The Intuitionists. Minneapolis: BookMobile. 2014
Paper Monument, ed. Draw It With Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Assignment. New York: n+1 Foundation, Inc. 2012: 8.
Jamaica Flux: Workspace & Windows 2007. New York: Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 2008: 28 – 30.
Daderko, Dean, ... Sara Reisman, Scott Rigby, Nato Thompson. The Field Guide to the Rather Round Table. New Brunswick: Lulu Press, 2008.
MFA, 2008, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, with courses at Princeton University
BFA, 1998, Cornish College of the Arts