An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
The person I’d like to introduce is the artist EJ Hauser.
EJ Hauser is an American artist and curator. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.
1998 MFA, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
1991 BFA, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
1990 Certificate, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. Philadelphia, PA.
“I use drawings to make paintings, and paintings to make drawings, a cycle of conceptual and visual cross-pollination that creates familial-like visual connections. The images inside my work include text, rock-like heads, and figures that express my interest in language, perception and psychology, mythology, and the history of mark-making / art-making.
In these pieces, words, letters, and figures are rendered onto shields, pots, and mugs.
The figures bend backwards, hold hands, and exist in other arrangements on the surface of these archaeological objects. The letters form a kind of armature for the figures. The geometry of these letters and words is adjusted to work both visually and conceptually, the form of the letters being just as important as what it says. For instance, Moonflower is not only the name for a deadly night blooming flower, but also the name of a favorite song.
The use of paper and markers was added to oil paint to give my paintings a decidedly drawn feel, and paper mounted to canvas forms a grid that becomes part of the overall composition and relates back to the page and reading as well as drawing. In some instances, markers and ink “bleed thru” the drawings, allowing me to consider both the front and back of drawings. I find these drawings valuable in their ability to simultaneously point towards the intentional and the unintentional during my process of discovery and making.
All these formal strategies allude to questions about what makes up identity as it relates to painting and art making. Mark-making and image-making being uniquely human inventions of expression and communication, and painting being an especially economic means for me to embed my personal and/or cultural details into my formal and material interests.” EJH
Other material relating to EJ Hauser.
Artist Website: EJ Hauser.
SUPERDIGIT: EJ Hauser.
BOMB Magazine: EJ Hauser.
Pencil in the Studio: EJ Hauser.
BULL AND RAM: EJ Hauser.
superpages by EJ Hauser: EJ Hauser.
GRANT NOMINEE GALLERY: EJ Hauser.