Valerie Hagerty's work is, to say the least, explosive (I sincerely apologize.) Having studied at several fine art institutions since 1989, Hagerty has been in the art game for a while now.
Her paintings, which reference 18th century portraiture and still life, grow, break, and melt beyond the flat canvas, deconstructing reality along the way. For example, the fruit actually look like they have exploded, and it really looks like someone took a flame thrower to George Washington's face.
Hagerty's works satirize formal painting.
Her work is showing in New York at the Nicelle Beachene Gallery on 21 Orchard Street until October 21st.