“the constituent parts of each sculpture swell like flesh . . . tension between the earthly and the ideal.” Stephen Westfall
The underground is alive. When subterranean rock formations are stressed by natural tensions and gravity’s pull, cracks and breaks occur, creating normal faults. These faults are fluid passageways of activity and life forms.
In Normal Faults, Hardinger plays out a dialogue between nature and culture. Envoys, the sculpture, are messengers in concrete – which conjure up firmness and fact along with cardboard – which deteriorates and connotes discarding or recycling. Pathways, the drawings, are entanglements that venture into the unknown.
“My work responds to forces of life and the flaws and faults of human intervention,” Hardinger says. “Filling a cardboard box with wet concrete that stresses it, turning powdery graphite and milk into a network of trails that don’t connect – express unreasoned conflict and conditions that instigate change.”
Hardinger’s recent solo exhibitions include “In the Garden” at Lesley Heller Gallery and WAAM in Woodstock.
Special Event: Poetry reading and artist discussion by Jonathan Goodman and Robert C. Morgan Wednesday April 4, 6:30 pm
March 28 to April 19, 2012 Wednesdays and Thursdays, 6 to 8 pm, and by appt.