New Hammersley guest artist to present talk, open studio: UNM Newsroom

Fox Hysen has been selected by the University of New Mexico Art Department as the 2022 Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist. The artist residency honors the late Hammersley, an abstract artist and former UNM professor . She will be in residence at UNM for the spring semester of 2022.

Fox Hysen

As part of the residency, Hysen will hold an open studio on Thursday, April 21, 4-6 p.m., at Art Annex 118b studio on UNM’s main campus. She will give a public talk about her process, influences, and experiences on Thursday, April 28 at 3:30 p.m. at the Albuquerque Museum. These events will be free and open to the public.

Hysen is originally from California and earned an MFA from Yale University in 2015 and a BFA from New York University in 2006. She has held solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Berlin and New York and has participated in many numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. She received the 2016 Sunflower Prize for painting from the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.

Hysen’s work often oscillates between drawing, printing and painting via collage modus operandi where doing turns out to be thinking, although historically there has been a tendency to procure specific and separate compartments to analyze each particle of such a triad. Hysen’s etching can act like painting and vice versa, while drawing and collage can interchangeably construct vertebrae in which Hysen allocates a constant mode of reinvention and rumination.

“Love, like painting, is not an effect but rather an environment that structures and maintains our sense of being. When I wonder what it means to be different, I remember what it’s like to stand in front of a painting,” Hysen said. “Before walking through the doors of a museum, my head is confused, anxious or a little confused. My emotions are muted and confused. I’m simmering with many feelings that I can’t name, but as soon as I’ve stood in front of a few works of art, the strings of my soul are plucked in harmony, and the world resonates in a way that binds me to him. “

Hysen noted, “I stand at a particular distance from the painting – not so far that it is alienated or feels shame and not so close that it crams it in or damages it. My appreciation for a work of art occurs in a certain nearness and at a certain distance.In this medium, I submit myself to something external to me, I let the painting organize my effects, and this change in me is what it means to be different. What is paradoxical? It means to be different, it means to yield to what is outside of you, to become non-separate or non-objective in your surroundings.”

Established in 2017, the Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency pays homage to Hammersley’s legacy and influence as a painter, printmaker and conceptual thinker. The program invites prominent contemporary painters from around the world to come live and work in Albuquerque. Through connecting with some of the most notable painters working today, the program hopes to honor the legacy of Frederick Hammersley and broaden awareness of his life and work.

Frederick Hammersley spent most of his life and early career in California, where he gained a reputation as an important abstract painter on the West Coast art scene and became a prominent figure in the genre of hard abstraction. mid-century. In 1968, Hammersley accepted a teaching position at UNM and taught there until 1971. After his teaching career, he continued to live and work in Albuquerque for the rest of his life.

Through this program, visiting artists are housed in a studio close to graduate students in UNM’s Department of Art. Visiting artists conduct studio tours with graduate fine arts candidates, host workshops, a public lecture, and an open studio event. Funding for this program is made possible by the Albuquerque Community Foundation and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation.

Angela C. Hale