The Art of Victoria Hanks

  • MARCH 2, 2013 – MARCH 30, 2013
  • Reception: Saturday, March 2, 2013, 7-10 pm
  • At: Art626 629 Cookman Ave., Asbury Park, NJ

SICA, The Shore Institute of the Contemporary Arts is proud to announce the opening of “The End”, a solo exhibit of the art of Victoria Hanks. This show is being graciously hosted by Patrick Schiavino at art629, located at 629 Cookman Avenue, Asbury Park, NJ. There will be a reception on Saturday, March 2nd, 2013 from 7pm – 10pm. The reception is free, open to the public and everyone is welcome. This is the first in what SICA plans to be a series of solo exhibitions, and we are please to begin this series with such an exceptionally gifted artist.

Victoria Hanks’ works of animals, common, endangered and extinct, deal with the precarious condition of all of nature and the reality of species being lost forever. The vibrancy of her imagery contradicts the worldwide pandemic assault against natural habitats. Like Medieval heraldic emblems, these portraits take on iconographic and ritualistic significance, at once a source of tribal power as well as communal despair. Within the boundaries of paper and canvas, wildlife commingles and conflicts with technological excess and the faces of these creatures evoke sorrow and perhaps, penance.

Ms. Hanks acknowledges that many artists have had an influence on her art throughout her 25 year career, and while elements of Sue Coe’s activism; Phillip Guston’s dark humor, and the baroque movements of Dorothea Tanning can be seen in Victoria’s art, her work has matured to be unique unto itself with few apparent derivations. As Victoria explains, “I take inspiration from those artists and writers that push the boundaries of the imagination but also call attention to what is happening in our time. I strive to make work that lives up to their dedication to craft as well as their ability to strike something in one’s soul.”

Viewers are apt to find themselves attracted to her work much like one is drawn to the comics on Sunday morning. They at first appear comical, almost cartoon-like. But this whimsical attraction is soon replaced with an uneasy feeling that all might not be as it first appeared – that there are actually ominously darker issues being addressed. With Victoria’s work one enters a theatre of the absurd where the dark societal issues we have grown-up to recognize play counterpoint to the light world of our youth.

About Victoria Hanks:

Ms. Hanks completed a BFA at Montclair State University and, an MFA at the University of Hartford, completed a residency at the Vermont Studio Center as well studying in Venice, Italy for a summer with NYU. She also was recognized by the NJ Council on the Arts in 2000 when they awarded her a fellowship in painting.

Ms. Hanks has shown her work throughout Newark, NJ (where she formerly lived) at galleries such as Rupert Ravens Contemporary, Newark Arts Council/Rutgers University, Newark, NJ, and at Gallery Aferro. In addition, she has been featured at Amos Eno Gallery, New York, NY; Zuzuˆs Gallery, Hartford, CT; Taub Gallery, W. Hartford, CT; Fine Art Center, Passaic, NJ; INDEXG, Toronto, Ontario; Silpe Gallery, Hartford Art School, Hartford, CT; St Pancras Railway Station, London, England; The George Segal Gallery, Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ; Protest Space, New York, NY; Pierro Gallery, South Orange, NJ; Art Gotham, New York, NY; Downtown Association, New York, NY; Art Gotham, New York, NY; 473 Broadway Gallery, New York, NY; Soho20 Chelsea, New York, NY; Stedman Gallery, Rutgers University, Camden, NJ; Downtown Arts Club, The Knitting Factory, New York, NY: and ENMU-R, Roswell, NM.

We will also be showing the work of a special guest artist – Angie McCarthy.