Renowned Artist Displays Works At WCCC

Aimee Hertog works with a variety of media to create art with a "gritty playfulness."

To say that the art of Aimee Hertog has gained a huge amount of attention is quite the understatement.

The New York Times’ critic Benjamin Genocchio wrote in a review that “Among other outstanding photographs are Aimee Hertog’s wickedly funny ‘Hamptons Fun v. Iowa Flood,’ in which the artist has digitally collaged imagery of people swimming in the Hamptons into flooded urban landscape scenes from Iowa. The juxtaposition is so incongruous and silly that you can’t help but laugh.”

Hertog, whose work includes mixed media constructed paintings as well as sculpture and installation, is the featured artist in the current exhibit at the Art Gallery at Warren County Community College. This free exhibit is open to the public through April during college hours, and is located on the second floor East Wing Hallway.

Hertog, originally from Denver, received her B.A. from Bennington College and her MFA at Montclair State University. She works with painting, photography, and sculptural installation. She has been in several exhibitions in the New York City area including two one-person shows with Chashama. In 2011, Hertog won Best in Show at Wide Open 2 at the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, chosen by Guggenheim curator Nat Trotman.  In addition to the earlier New York Times article, in 2014 her art was featured in the Huffington Post and the Star Ledger.  Hertog is also a curator. She curated group shows in Brooklyn – Captured Transience at the Trestle Gallery in 2012 and Toxicity at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center in 2013. She also curated Layers at City Without Walls and the Grotesque Taxidermy of the Feminine Mystique at the Governor’s Island Art Fair, both in 2014.

“In order to align the form and content of my work, I use the detritus of my daily life as the primary material to create it,” she says. “The energetic construction of my work reflects the turmoil of my environment, evoking a gritty playfulness. Recycling utilitarian objects such as discarded clothing, Styrofoam, and shredded paper, I manipulate and transform some materials, while others are left in their raw state, such as pieces of fabric, dead flowers, and broken glass.”

For more information about art at WCCC, contact Tracy DiTolla, Art Lecturer, at 908-835-9222.

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