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Studio Sunday: Bart Hess

A photo of the studio of Bart Hess


Our studio Sunday artist this week is Bart Hess. Hess is a Dutch artist and designer known for dressing Lady Gaga in her “Born This Way” music video. The artist’s works often weave together elements of fashion, fine art, industrial design, and other tactile and material experiments. Recently, Hess has also been creating works with digital elements.


Hess’ studio looks sleek and clean, like a model of a modern designer or architect’s studio. It reminds me somewhat of the studios of John Houck or Valerie Blass -- both artists keep strikingly neat and clean studios. Hess’ space, though, speaks more to a factory-like mood and atmosphere.


Because of the nature of the artist’s design work, his studio must support a great number of different types of media and processes -- looking at this photo, it seems like there must be a great secret hidden behind the gray curtain at the back of the shot. It’s likely that the artist employs studio helpers, and Hess is also frequently collaborating with other artists, designers, musicians, and creators.


Bart Hess has gained notoriety in recent years for his creations that manipulate recognizable materials so heavily that they become bizarre, alien forms. In some works, the artist combines these forms with human figures, or creates a collaborative workspace, exploring the coexistence between human, man-made, and objects in-between.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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