Joshua Hagler
Joshua Hagler

Joshua Hagler

A sociological artist, mapping the terrain of contemporary consciousness…

The long arc of Joshua Hagler's oeuvre, with its focus on painting, could be traced by its slow, physical and conceptual disintegration - of it's imagery, politics, art historical underpinnings, and philosophical erudition - from its early pictorial messaging to a need, in more recent years, for direct physical experience of the numinous. Material layering is at the core of Hagler's work, combining a range of self-developed painting processes which force a loss of skilled control, making for radical pictorial transformation. The works situates itself in the paradox of absence and presence, the internal and external, and the sacred and profane.

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Whatever research occurs with regard to issues such as mass shooting, wildfires, and religiosity in America, only demonstrates itself to the degree that it's relevant to the artist's own background and direct life experience. The personal is thus foregrounded and given preference over academic defenses, which are subverted at every opportunity. Hagler's distinct signature manages to span paintings both physically slight and vast, figurative and abstract. The work is intentional about avoiding redundancy common in an era of self-consciousness branding, preferring endless evolution, while seeking to ground itself in deeper authenticity over time.

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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. Most recently, Hagler presented his solo exhibition, Drawing in the Dark, with Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.

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