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at Artspace 111 (Ft Worth) through November 30
by Todd Camplin

Usually when an artist uses nostalgia as a driving force behind their work, I am instantly
turned off. John Hartley makes me re-evaluate my inclinations. I was also counseled
by Albert Camus' collection of essays, Rebel. Camus claims, "every act of rebellion
expresses a nostalgia for innocence and an appeal to the essence of being." That
makes Hartley the rebel of Artspace 111 in Fort Worth.

Many of the toys John Hartley depicts are really too old for most viewers to have owned as children,
but we all recognize that he has reached back into someone’s childhood past. Many of these
One toy that I tried to model as kid is the classic plastic toy soldier like in the work, Battlefield
John Hartley, Champion, 2013, oil on canvas, 60 x 60"

John Hartley, Battlefield Scrimmage, 2013, oil on canvas, 30 x 40"