Icons in Ash

Human Portraits
The art of the human image arose many millennia ago precisely for the purpose of keeping the dead among us—and not just in memory but in charged ceremonial objects. The artist Heide Hatry has developed a process in which she creates realistic portraits made out of the remains of a beloved one. The portraits remind one of Buddhist sand paintings, and through this portraiture the bereaved experience calm and tranquility through. In Icons in Ash twenty-seven writers investigate this phenomena and write beautiful and enlightening meditations on death, the dead body, art, transformation, relics, psychology, philosophy, religion, mourning, evolution, and immortality. Contributors, among others, include: Hans Belting, Mark Dery, Eleanor Heartney, Siri Hustvedt, Jonas Mekas, Rick Moody, Mark Pachter, Steven Pinker, Wolf Singer, Luisa Valenzuela, and Peter Weibel.

Heide Hatry Heide Hatry, New York-based German artist, is often described as a neo-conceptualist. Her work transcends, transgresses, or transforms the normal relationship of the artist to both audience and work. Among her fundamental preoccupations are identity, gender roles, the nature of aesthetic experience and the meaning of beauty, the human exploitation of the natural world, and the effects of knowledge upon perception.

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  • Highly motivated New York artist with dedicated following
  • October 29: NoirCon Conference in Philadelphia November 2016 – February 2017: Solo show at UBU Gallery, NY: February 15-18: CAA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Manhattan, major annual conference of art and art history professionals, with Steven Pinker, Eleanor Heartney and others – Conversation with emeritus director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, Marc Pachter, and HH TBA book launches, panels, readings, conversations, discussions, concerts, spoken words performances, and a memorial celebration: - Deutsches Haus/ NYU, - MOMA PS1, - Greenwood Cemetery, Brooklyn - NYPL - Bookstores: McNally Jackson, Barnes & Nobles, Strand, Spoonbill & Sugartown - Event places like: KGB bar, West Park Presbyterian Church Other participants: filmmaker, artist, and author, Jonas Mekas, director of the largest and most prestigious Media Art Museum in Germany (ZKM), Peter Weibel, art critics, Phoebe Hoban, Anthony Haden-Guest, and Thyrza Nichols Goodeve, prominent German neuroscientist, Wolf Singer, and writers such as SiriHustvedt, Lydia Millet, and Luisa Valenzuela.