Fox Hysen, the 2022 Frederick Hammersley Visiting Artist, will present a talk at the Albuquerque Museum on April 28 at 3:30 pm, and host an open studio on the UNM campus on April 21, 4-6 pm.
Thursday, April 28, 3:30 pm
Artist Open Studio
Thursday, April 21, 4-6 pm
Art Annex, Studio 118B, UNM, Albuquerque
Fox Hysen’s work often oscillates between drawing, printing, and painting via a collage modus operandi in which making is shown to be thinking. Though historically there is a tendency to procure specific and separate compartments to analyze each particle of such a triad, Hysen’s printmaking may act like painting and vice-versa, while drawing and collage may interchangeably construct vertebrae wherein Hysen allocates a constant mode of reinvention and rumination.
“Love, like painting, is not an effect but rather an environment that structures and holds our sense of being. When I ask myself what it means to be different, I remember what it is like to stand in front of a painting. Before I walk through the doors of the museum, I am muddle-headed or anxious or just a little unclear. My emotions are dull and confused. I am abuzz with all kinds of feelings that I cannot name, but as soon as I have stood in front of a few works of art, the cords of my soul are plucked into harmony, and the world rings out in a way that binds me to it.
“I stand at a particular distance from the painting—not so distant as to become alienated or to experience shame and not so close as to crowd or damage it. My appreciation for a work of art happens within a certain proximity and at a certain distance. Within this medium-range I subject myself to something outside of me, I let the painting organize my effects, and this change in me is what it means to be different. What is paradoxical about what it means to be different is that it means to give over to that which is outside of you to become non-separate or non-objective within your environment.”
Established in 2017, the Frederick Hammersley Artist Residency honors Hammersley’s legacy and influence as a painter, printmaker, and conceptual thinker and broadens awareness of his life and work. The program invites prominent contemporary painters from around the world to come live and work in Albuquerque.
Fox Hysen was born in San Rafael, California in 1982. She received an MFA from Yale University in 2015 and BFA from New York University in 2006. She has had solo exhibitions at Gallery 16 in San Francisco, Lehtinen Gallerie in Berlin, and Marcello Marvelli Gallery in New York. Hysen has been part of numerous group shows nationally and abroad including at Capital and et al. in San Francisco; Basilica Hudson, New York; Kunsthaus, Bregenz, Austria; Kunstraum Kreuzber/Bethanien, Silberkuppe, and Basso in Berlin, Germany; and many others. She was also the recipient of the 2016 Tournesol award for painting from the Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito, California.
Funding for this program is made possible by the Albuquerque Community Foundation and the Frederick Hammersley Foundation. Through this program, visiting artists are provided with housing and a studio near the UNM Department of Art graduate students, they conduct studio visits with the Fine Arts graduate candidates, hold workshops, a public lecture, and an open studio event.
Fox Hysen will present an artist talk on April 28, 3 pm, at the Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque. The talk is free and open to the public.