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Hayley Barker: Apparition Hill

May 1 - 31, 2014

Charles A. Hartman Fine Art is excited to present Apparition Hill, the latest body of work by Portland-based artist, Hayley Barker. What does a contemporary mystical site look like and how can it be represented in a painting? In September 2013, Hayley Barker visited the village of Medjugorje in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Apparition Hill is the first installment in a long term project made in response to her time there. It focuses on a site situated within a region still coming to terms with its recent civil war. There, religious experience, tourism, natural beauty and recent acts of violence merge. In 1981, six children had visions of the Virgin Mary on Apparition Hill. Their experiences created a groundswell of local and international pilgrims who flock there to this day, despite opposition from the government and the Catholic Church. Three of the children, now adults, continue to see Mary daily.  The paintings, drawings, and objects in the exhibition deal with the vibrancy of place, souvenirs as relics, and the unsanctioned, ecstatic spaces where visions occurred and continue to occur as a kind of resistance. Barker’s imagery in these multilayered paintings comes from drawings made on site, the iconography of Marian souvenirs, and appropriated works from early Modernism and 1980’s Neo-expressionism. This is Hayley Barker’s fourth exhibition at Hartman Fine Art. Her paintings, drawings and mixed media pieces show the intellectual curiosity and spiritual exploration of an artist in decisive command of her medium. The result is a stunning body of work that is not to be missed.