This is the Picture
'This is the Picture' by Joshua Hagler, Artist Monograph.
Hardback book published by Unit London and Hurtwood Press.
23.5 x 30cm.
About the book
Over the years, Unit London and Joshua Hagler have collaborated on three solo exhibitions and two group exhibitions, forming a longstanding and deeply valued relationship. Unit London is therefore proud to present Hagler’s first dedicated artist monograph to coincide with his 2021 solo exhibition, The Living Circle Us. The monograph, entitled This Is The Picture, features contributions from Colette LaBouff, Catherine McCormack and selections from poetry by Allison Benis White. This Is The Picture explores the artist’s expansive oeuvre as, over time, it has interacted with a broad spectrum of subjects, surrounding mass shootings in America, wildfires, extreme religious experience and wider cultural and social identities.
About the Artist
Joshua Hagler is a multidisciplinary artist based in New Mexico. He is known for his psychologically charged paintings, which explore philosophical questions of cultural and religious identities. Since 2006, Hagler has exhibited his multi-media work widely in both group and solo shows in galleries and museums across North and South America, Europe and Australia. In 2017, Hagler was awarded a place on Maryland Institute of the Arts’ Alfred and Trafford Klots International Program for Artists. He subsequently undertook a year-long Roswell Artist in Residence Program in New Mexico. In 2018, his work was selected for two museum exhibitions at the Brand Library and Art Centre in Los Angeles and the Roswell Museum and Art Centre. Most recently, after taking part in a successful group show with Unit London in 2018, Hagler presented his first solo exhibition with Unit London, Chimera, in 2019. Hagler is a 2020 Hopper Prize finalist and his work also formed Unit London’s inaugural online Platform exhibition. Hagler presented his solo exhibition, Drawing in the Dark, with Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas in April 2021. The artist’s latest solo exhibition, The Living Circle Us curated by David Anfam, is currently on view at Unit London.
Hagler’s work interacts with a broad spectrum of subjects, including his own middle American upbringing, the 19th century exploration of North America, modern science fiction and the traditions of Italian religious art. Through his visual work, Hagler confronts ideas of extreme religious experience and notions of wider cultural and social identities. To tackle these extensive concepts, Hagler produces sweeping canvases. His scenes are often distorted by gestural smears of fluid brushwork that enter into realms of abstraction. Hagler has commented that these abstract forms should appear to the viewer as manifestations of unformed recollections, reflecting the ephemeral process of memory.
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