Heyman Work at Dartmouth College
The Dartmouth College Studio Art Exhibition Program is pleased to present recent drawings and prints by fall Artist-in-Residence Daniel Heyman (Critic, Printmaking).
On view in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery this fall Daniel Heyman presents 5 monumental print projects as well as sketches and studies that lead to their creation. In 3 of the projects Heyman explores non-traditional supports for prints, most notably wood veneer and plaster. The earliest of the works on display is the monumental anti-war etching on plywood, When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles’ Wings are Clipped, 2009-2010 stretching to almost 11’x12’ when fully displayed; the other four works are more recent and consist of four large-scale, seasonal self-portraits, entitled: Summer: Artist Sleeps 2010; Fall: Artist Eats Pho 2011; Winter: Artist Engages 2012; Spring: Artist Contemplates (Inheritance) 2012. Using unusual printmaking materials, Heyman has explored etching and woodcut on plaster in the monumental 75 plaster tile work Winter: Artist Engages as well as etching on wood veneer in Spring: Artist Contemplates (Inheritance). Preliminary sketches, notebooks and working drawings for “When Photographers are Blinded…” and the self-portraits will also be on view.
An illustrated exhibition catalogue with essay by John Yau will be available.
From 2004 until 2010, Daniel Heyman concentrated his art on making images about the war in Iraq, specifically the abuse and torture of innocent Iraqis at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. Heyman traveled with a team of American lawyers to meet these survivors in Jordan and Turkey where he talked face to face with over 45 former detainees, painting or drawing their portraits, painting directly onto the artwork their own versions of what happened to them at the hands of their American captors. He has also met and drawn the portraits of survivors of the September 16, 2007 Blackwater USA attacks at Nasoor Square in Baghdad. In 2009/10 Heyman summarized many of the ideas from these works in a monumental etching printed on plywood, entitled When Photographers are Blinded, Eagles’ Wings are Clipped, 2009-2010. Closer to home, Heyman has drawn portraits of US Veteran Survivors of Military Assault, African American men in Philadelphia emerging from troubled youths in and out of prison, and homeless Veterans living in a shelter in north Philadelphia. Most recently Daniel Heyman’s Iraq-based work was exhibited this past spring at Brown University, David Winton Bell Gallery, List Art Center, in a solo exhibition entitled “It is Difficult to Start….”.
Heyman will give a talk on his work on Tuesday, September 24 at 4:30 pm in the Hood Museum of Art Auditorium. A reception will follow in the Jaffe-Friede Gallery in the Hopkins Center. The public is invited. For more information please call (603) 646-3651.