How does an artist find relief from the pressures of the studio? In this film artist Tommy Hartung leaves his Ridgewood, Queens studio and takes an extended run through the streets and woods of the surrounding neighborhoods. As he jogs, Hartung discusses how running is a necessary physical and mental break from the daily challenge of his intensive in-studio filmmaking practice. Hartung’s cramped space—filled with the architectural and figurative models that populate his experimental films—evidences long hours spent working in the studio. Running along the unpaved footpaths of Forest Park, Hartung draws a connection between the contemplative isolation of jogging and a childhood spent in the woods near his family’s farm in far Western New York. Hartung eventually completes a full loop, having run from his studio to Forest Park and back, a distance of nearly ten miles. Initially trying running as a way to quit smoking, Hartung now has bigger athletic ambitions, building up the distance and frequency of his runs in preparation for possible marathon races. Featuring the work Anna (2011).

Tommy Hartung (b. 1979, Akron, Ohio, USA) lives and works in Queens, New York.

CREDITS | New York Close Up Created & Produced by: Wesley Miller & Nick Ravich. Editor: Brad Kimbrough. Cinematography: Ian Forster & Nick Ravich. Sound: Nick Ravich. Associate Producer: Ian Forster. Design & Graphics: Crux Studio & Open. Artwork & Additional Photography: Tommy Hartung. Thanks: Stephanie Andreou. An Art21 Workshop Production. © Art21, Inc. 2013. All rights reserved.

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One Response to Tommy Hartung Is Off and Running

  1. Nice! And how lucky you have such a great park in an urban environment. I can identify strongly! When I was getting a BFA and in grad school- doing dance classes and swimming laps were both integral to my mental sanity. Even now, I can’t be painting or in the studio for hours and hours on end without going to work out. The stress goes away, and allows room for new approaches to problems or fresh ideas to percolate. The world falls away. Now, at 62+ I’m trying to up my miles on the treadmill and outside. Can’t meditate, but I can run!

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