Exploring the didactic potential of the moving image, Tommy Hartung’s videos analyze the creation and dissemination of cultural narratives through entertainment. Often taking the major themes of modernism as his subject matter, his work has addressed colonial expansion and exploration, evolution, conquest, and innovation. Drawing upon a diverse range of sources, including BBC documentaries, Anna Karenina, the Gnostic gospels, and the 1967 classic coming-of-age novel The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton, Hartung experiments with the history of film and video and the conventions of narrative, fragmenting and deconstructing his source material.
His work is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and The Dimitris Daskalopoulos Art Collection.
Tommy Hartung received his MFA from the Columbia University in 2006 and his BFA from SUNY Purchase in 2004.
Recent exhibitions include:
Greater New York at MoMA/PS1, Queens, NY (2010)
Reconstruction #1, On Stellar Rays (2010)
Impossible Vacation at White Flag Projects, St Louis, MO (2010)
The Ascent of Man, On Stellar Rays, New York, NY (2009)
The Pipe and the Flow at Galería Espacio Mínimo, Madrid, Spain (2009)
SCREEN, 8 Seymor Place, London, UK (2009)
Queens International 4 at the Queens Museum of Art (2008)
Moti Hasson Gallery, New York, NY (2008)
Gresham’s Ghost, New York, NY (2008)
White Box, New York, NY (2007)
The Rotterdam Film Festival (2011)
Anthology Film Archives, New York (2008)
CRG Gallery, New York (2007)
Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York (2007)
In 1999 Jeff met filmmaker Jake Mahaffy through friends in Warren, PA where Mahaffy was filming his first feature film. Mahaffy cast Jeff as the character “Pastor Jack Master” and Jeff was also the voice of the lead character “Jacob Jenkins” and Jeff’s characters voice was not his own. The film was “War” and it premiered in the Frontiers category at Sundance Film Festival in 2004 and won the Ken Burns Award among numerous other awards at festivals world wide. Mahaffy and Jeff worked together again with Mahaffy’s second feature film “Wellness” also filmed in Warren and featured a cast of local residents. For this film Jeff was the central character “Thomas Lindsey”, the co-producer of the film and represented the film worldwide.
Jeff won Best Actor and the film won Best of Festival at DiBa Digital Barcelona in 2008. Variety Magazine wrote of Jeff’s performance saying…”Clark is perfect as slippery-slope salesman Thomas” …” with a flawlessly authentic, heartbreaking performance by central thesp Jeff Clark.” That year Jeff was on hand at South By Southwest (SXSW) film festival in Austin, TX to accept the Grand Jury Award for best feature film on behalf of the filmmaker Jake Mahaffy.
“Wellness” went on to win many awards around the world and was nominated for a Gotham Award.
Drawing on his experience with War and Wellness, in 2011 Jeff began the The Boonies International. As Executive Director, Jeff is responsible for recruiting the Advisory Council which includes the former Commissioner of the Pennsylvania Film Office, filmmakers, acting coaches, rock stars, directors and festival programmers from Sundance, Rotterdam, Lisbon and across the United States all working to bring the best international films to The Boonies.