Victoria Hanks ORGANOOMPHS In the current series of oil paintings, male and female characters are engaged in a bizarre battle of the sexes in which macabre, but often cynically humorous rituals are enacted. These characters embody a goofy morphism of figurines drawn as much from ancient Greek and Roman mythology as they are from contemporary urban street graffiti , as much from sexual doodles as they are from political cartoons - like Al Capp on acid. These 'toons' reflect the sexual terrorist mind-set flourishing in a post-feminist society that was born of a decade of shock and excess in our art and in our social order. They are less a political comment than they are a nightmare record of our scalded national psyche. Nevertheless, the seemingly morbid obsession with body parts, blood and guts, also effects the strange childlike quality of a coloring book simplicity and clarity. As in the Medieval Masque, these caricatures are distortions of stock personnae who perform with predictable outcomes. The heritage of The Doctor Via-Great and Suzycreamcheeze prefigures Punch and Judy but the content of their message is clearly serious and the emotions evoked are much less trivial. By Tony Zaza 2003
Biography: VICTORIA HANKS 164 Glenwood Avenue, #4 Bloomfield, NJ 07003 973-680-8960 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org INDIVIDUAL EXHIBITIONS 2000 Whatsits, Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY 1999 the thingness of the thing, Amos Eno Gallery, NYC 1996 Recent Work, Zuzu?s Gallery, Hartford, Ct. 1996 Stations and Satellites, Taub Gallery, W. Hartford, Ct. 1991 New Paintings, Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ 1989 Fertile Imaginings, Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ GROUP EXHIBITIONS 2004 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ, Seven Deadly Sins 2003 ENMU-R, Roswell, NM, The Regular Paper Show 2003 Zenith Gallery, Washington, DC, DogDays of Summer 2003 Brewster Museum, Brewster, NY, The Brewster Project 2002 Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ, Benefit Art Raffle 2002 The Fuller Museum, Brockton, MA, Transcultural Exchange Rockland Center for the Arts, W. Nyack, NY, 9 Choose 9 2001 Greely Square Gallery, New York, NY, Emerging American Artists Arlington Art Center, Arlington, MA, Construction Show Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, DOCUMENTA Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, MONA Art Auction Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH, The Art is in the Mail(ing) 000 TransHudson Gallery, New York, NY, Nomads Forever Visual Arts Gallery, Lincroft, NJ, EXIT 109 1999 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, MSU China Faculty Exhibition Exchange Transcultural Exchange, Korea, Nomads 1998 Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ, Faculty Show Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY, Nothing Serious Artist?s Space, New York, NY Night of 1,000 Drawings Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY Wall to Wall Trans Hudson Gallery, New York, NY No Boundaries Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Annual Salon Show City Without Walls, Newark, NJ For the Sake of Beauty Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, NY Annual Venice Show Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY Some Artists 1997 Artist?s Space, New York, NY Night of 1,000 Drawings Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY Nothing Serious Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimo, New York, NY Annual Venice Show Monmouth University Gallery, W. Long Branch, NJ Faculty Show 1996 Rosenberg Gallery, New York, NY Captured Space Ward-Nasse Gallery, New York, NY Lines of Descent Artwell Gallery, Torrington, Ct, WORD 1995 IUAV, Venice, Italy, site specific installation, Manipulated Space IUAV, Venice, Italy, Works in Progess Untitled #130 Ltd. Gallery, Wayne, NY, Quiet, Flowing and Juicy Organization of Independent Artists, New York, NY Salon Show 1994 Montclair State University, MSU European Cities Tour, travelling installation Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Montclair in Manhattan 1993 City Without Walls, Newark, NJ New Members Show Organization of Independent Artists, New York, Salon Show 1992 Westbeth Gallery, New York, NY Montclair in Manhattan Blackwell Street Center for the Arts, Dover, NJ Doors and Windows JURIED EXHIBITIONS 1998 10th Annual National Art Competition, Truman State University, Kirksville, MO International Juried Show, NJ Center for the Visual Arts, Summit, NJ 19th Annual Juried Show, Monmouth Museum, Lincroft, NJ 1997 Annual Women?s Works Exhibit, Old Court House Arts Center, Woodstock, IL 1996 Paper, Art and the Book, Center for Book Arts, New York, NY Annual Goldfarb Exhibition, Joseloff Gallery, W. Hartford, Ct. Connecticut Women Artists Show, The John Ely Slade House, New Haven, CT SELECTED COLLECTIONS 2002 Mr. Patrick Wornock, Brooklyn, NY 2001 Ms. Jane Harris, Brooklyn, NY 1999 Mr. Tony Zaza, Hoboken, New Jersey 1998 Mr. Michael Neuhaus, New Jersey 1997 Mr. T. Winn, NYC Mr. Peter Strounitsos, NYC Ms. Nicci Havekost, New Mexico 1996 Ms. Shandry Castelow, Tennessee Mr. Douglas Ferrari, New Jersey 1994 Montclair State University, NJ Mr. David Gray, NJ 1992 Mr. Kevin Lennox, Maryland Mr. Thomas Myers, NJ 1989 Mr. & Mrs. Bob Poda, NYC Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Vanslembrouck, Belgium Ms. Christine Rhodes, England BIBLIOGRAPHY 1998 Artnet Magazine, New York Reviews, No Boundaries, A Global Selection of NYU Artists, Trans Hudson Gallery, reviewed by Meredith Mendelsohn AWARDS 2002 Fellowship, New Jersey State Council of the Arts, Trenton, NJ 1997 Angel Award, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ 1996 Graduate Award, Joseloff Gallery, Annual Goldfarb Exhibition, W. Hartford, Ct. EXPERIENCE 2004 Curator, Seven Deadly Sins, City Without Walls, Newark, NJ 1998-99 Freelance writer, NYArts Magazine, New York, NY 1997-99 Adjunct Faculty, Drawing I, Intro to the Visual Arts, Painting I, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ Adjunct, Art Appreciation, History of Art, Ancient to Medieval, History of Art, Renaissance to Modern, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, NJ Adjunct, Art Appreciation, Monmouth University, W. Long Branch, NJ 1998 Panelist, Artists Talk on Art, Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY, What Makes a Coop Gallery Successful 1997 Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 1996 Internship, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT EDUCATION 1996 University of Hartford, Hartford Art School, W. Hartford, CT, MFA 1995 New York University, Venice, Italy, Graduate studies 1995 Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, NY, Graduate studies 1994 Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ BFA, Summa Cum Laude
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