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August 17 - September 29, 2018

Hitnes

THE IMAGE HUNTER: ON THE TRAIL OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

August 17 - September 29, 2018

Hitnes

THE IMAGE HUNTER: ON THE TRAIL OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art is pleased to present the exhibition The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon, featuring new work by the Italian artist Hitnes. The exhibition is a culmination of The Image Hunter project, in which Hitnes retraced Audubon’s travels in the United States and created work during a residency in Charleston, SC.

John James Audubon spent the early decades of the nineteenth century tracking birds and drawing them with the goal of creating a compendium of all of the birds in the United States. Charleston played an important role in Audubon’s work as he kept a studio here in the home of his friend and fellow naturalist John Bachman. Audubon searched for specimens on the Sea Islands off of Charleston’s coast, and he even included the city’s distinctive skyline from the 1830s—replete with church steeples—in his drawing of the long-billed curlew.

Nearly two hundred years later, the Italian painter and muralist Hitnes embarked on a twenty-city road trip to retrace and rediscover the America that Audubon traversed in the making of his opus The Birds of America (1827–38). Traveling along Audubon’s exploratory routes, Hitnes sketched and painted what he saw, creating an updated visual documentation of the birds Audubon painted. This body of work, along with objects and ephemera collected along the journey, will be on view at the Halsey Institute beginning in August 2018. The exhibition follows Hitnes’s residencies in Charleston at the Halsey Institute in the Summers of 2017 and 2018.

Hitnes

THE IMAGE HUNTER: ON THE TRAIL OF JOHN JAMES AUDUBON

August 17 - September 29, 2018
Opening Reception
Halsey Institute
Friday, August 24, 6:30PM
Artist Talk
Halsey Institute
Saturday, August 25, 2:00PM
Family Day!
Halsey Institute
Saturday, September 22, 11:00AM - 4:00PM
Curator-led Tour
Halsey Institute
Thursday, September 27, 6:00PM
Press Release
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Brochure
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About Hitnes

Born in Rome, where he currently lives and works, Hitnes is a painter and muralist. A frequent traveler, Hitnes has completed residencies in countries including China, Australia, Mexico, Russia, Norway, Colombia, and the United States. His work has been featured in venues around the globe, including the Instituto Italiano di Cultura, New York; Museo Civico di Zoologia, Rome; 999contemporary, Rome; and Fifty24MX, Mexico City, among others.

Learn more about Hitnes here: http://www.hitnes.org/

Learn more about The Image Hunter project here: http://www.theimagehunter.org/

The Image Hunter video

The Image Hunter

Etchings

As part of the project, Hitnes created 53 miniature etchings of birds for his book Fragments of the Birds of America, a riff on Audubon’s magnum opus. These etchings will be on display as part of The Image Hunter: On the Trail of John James Audubon. The etchings can be viewed below:

Additional images of work in the exhibition
Murals

During his 2015 trek throughout the United States, Hitnes painted several public murals. For each mural, he painted a specific bird that he discovered nearby. Larger than life, the murals serve as a public reminder of the avian creatures that Audubon pursued. 

Here is a list of all the locations of the murals as part of The Image Hunter project.

Additional installation images
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