January 23, 2012 - White Flag Projects - Tommy Hartung & Uri Aran
January 23, 2012

Tommy Hartung & Uri Aran

Tommy Hartung, Still from “Anna,” 2011.
HD video with sound, 
20 minutes, 17 seconds.*

Tommy Hartung & Uri Aran
January 19–February 18, 2012

White Flag Projects
4568 Manchester Avenue 
Saint Louis, Missouri 63110


Tommy Hartung & Uri Aran reflects the artists’ years of exchange and collaboration, revealing their parallel interests in storytelling and varied notions of desire, sentimentality, and sadness. The exhibition is accompanied by a published conversation between the artists.

“We never set out to collaborate for the purpose of producing anything specific… what we do is like a mutual commission: for instance, Tommy will have me do something figurative after listening to his work and watching some of his footage. It’s about trusting someone to produce something for your work individually. So I wouldn’t call it a collaboration, but a collaborative effort. We are not an entity that works together and produces work—you can definitely see whose hand produces what, if you know our work. In the long run, it’s mostly a friendship and a conversation that’s happening. In that sense, there’s a lot of enthusiasm and criticism and conversation that’s been going on for a long while. And that’s more like how I define a friendship.”
—Uri Aran, in conversation with Tommy Hartung
Recorded Sunday December 4, 2011
Brooklyn, New York

Uri Aran (b. 1977) has had one-person exhibitions with Gavin Brown’s enterprise, New York; mother’s tankstation, Dublin; and Rivington Arms, New York. Aran’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions including Beautiful Potential, mother’s tankstation, Dublin; A Hole is to Dig, Office Baroque, Antwerp; After images, Jewish Museum Of Belgium, Brussels; Knight’s Move, Sculpture Center, New York; and No More Presence, Gresham’s Ghost, New York. Uri Aran earned his M.F.A. at Columbia University in 2007. He lives and works in New York.

Tommy Hartung’s (b. 1979) most recent one person exhibition was Anna, On Stellar Rays, New York. Hartung’s group exhibitions include he is transparent, Renwick Gallery, New York; Greater New York 2010, MoMA/PS1, New York; Impossible Vacation, White Flag Projects, St. Louis; Lush Life: Let it Die, Lehman Maupin Gallery, New York; The Pipe and the Flow, Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain; and Darkling, I Look, Murray Street, London. His film The Ascent of Man was recently acquired by The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Hartung earned his M.F.A. at Columbia University. He lives and works in Queens, New York.

White Flag Projects is a not-for-profit arts institution established in 2006 to facilitate meaningful exhibitions by international, national, and local artists. White Flag Projects exhibitions are supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, and generous contributions from individuals and corporations.

Matthew Strauss, Founder/Director

*Image above:
Courtesy the artist and On Stellar Rays, New York.

Tommy Hartung & Uri Aran at White Flag Projects
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